Members apply to join one of three chambers – environmental, social and economic – which are further sub-divided into northern and southern sub-chambers.Each chamber holds 33.3% of the weight in votes; and within each chamber votes are weighted to ensure that north and south each hold 50% of the votes.
This guarantees that influence is shared equitably between different interest groups and levels of economic power.
FSC is based on three Levels of Decision Making :
- The General Assembly of Members that is FSC's highest decision-making body. Motions are proposed by one member, and seconded by two more, voted on by members, weighted according to the north-south chamber structure.
- FSC Board of Directors that is accountable to the FSC members. It is made up of nine elected representatives, with three elected from each of the chambers for a three-year term.
- A Director General who is leading a multicultural professional team at the FSC International Center in Bonn, Germany. In collaboration with the Global Network, the Director General runs FSC on a day-to-day basis.