Streamlining our Policies and Standards

We’ve learned a lot in our 24-year history. One of our learnings is that we need to be more cost-effective and outcome-oriented to be of value to our certificate holders. So, we’re simplifying and streamlining our system, while maintaining integrity and transparency.

Assessing Risk and Turning What we’ve Learned into Action

Internally, we call it a “risk-based approach to the FSC normative framework”. It sounds complicated, but what we want to achieve is simple: we are working to make sure that our standards and policies are easy to understand and follow; and that these produce tangible results in a cost-effective manner.

During 2017, two concept papers were drafted and discussed at our general assembly to inform the development of innovative solutions. Work continues with these concepts.

Changes to Core Documents

Core documentDocument/s AffectedPurpose of the documentStatus by end of 2017
Trademark standard (revision)FSC-STD-50-001 Requirements for Use of the FSC Trademarks by Certificate HoldersStreamlines trademark requirements to allow simple labelling and promotion of FSC-certified products, for certificate holdersRevised standard published on 20 November 2017
Controlled Wood standard (revision, directive, advice note)FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled WoodAmendments to risk assessment procedureCompleted
FSC-DIR-40-005 EN Directive on FSC Controlled WoodErrata and addenda to the standard Directive published on 30 June 2017
National risk assessmentsNational risk assessmentsAll completed risk assessments are available online

Group certification (minor revision)FSC-STD-30-005 V1-0 FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management GroupsSpecifies the requirements for the evaluation and certification of group entities managing a group of forest management units under a single certificateRevised standard published in 2018
Chain of Custody (standard, interpretation)FSC-STD-40-004 V3-0 Chain of Custody CertificationThis is the core standard for FSC chain of custody certification that applies to all chain of custody-certified organizations, with respect to sourcing, processing, labelling, and sale of forest-based products as FSC certified.New standard version published on 01 January 2017.
Interpretation published 6 October 2017.
FSC-ADV-20-011-09 FSC Directive on Chain of Custody EvaluationsAdvice note to accompany the standardAdvice note forms part of FSC-DIR-20-011.
Revision published in November 2017
Forest management (standard, interpretationsFSC-STD-01-001
Interpretations providedInterpretations published throughout the year
Intact Forest Landscapes (advice note)ADVICE-20-007-018 V1-0 Advice Note for the Interpretation of the Default Clause of Motion 65Advice NotePublished on 1 January 2017 together with a detailed Q&A document

Amended core documents in 2017

Wildlife Returns to Forests

In Wales, an extremely rare, nocturnal member of the weasel family has bounced back from the brink of extinction thanks to translocations to FSC-certified woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.

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