Policies and standards

We know we need to be more cost-effective and outcome-oriented to be of value to our certificate holders. In 2018, we continued to find ways to simplify and streamline our system, while maintaining integrity and transparency.

We continue to make changes to the way our standards and policies are interpreted and followed.

In 2018, 23 interpretations were processed promptly, approved and published on the FSC website.

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Developing a risk-based approach to national standards

A project team has been hard at work to develop a risk-based approaches model to streamline national forest stewardship standards.

The model has four parts:

  • assessment of risk
  • designation of risk
  • adapted risk response
  • monitoring and evaluation

It will help standard development groups to focus on the issues that matter most to our stakeholders.

We published a new procedural document for standard development groups that expands a concept for risk management in our process for developing national forest stewardship standards

user-friendly guide accompanies the procedural document for those conducting risk assessments and proposing risk designations for indicators in national forest stewardship standards. Both documents deliver on the FSC Implementation Plan.

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13 countries’ national forest stewardship standards assessed

13 national forest stewardship standards – Australia, Denmark, US Federal Lands Indicators, Nepal, Japan, Spain, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Canada, Vietnam, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Bosnia and Herzegovina – and one Interim national standard  (regional standard for Caucasus, Central Asia, Moldova and Mongolia) – were assessed by the policy and standards committee.

 

 

 

Of these:

  • 1 national standard was approved without conditions (Nepal).
  • 12 national standards were approved with conditions. The conditions of six of them have since been closed, and the standards formally approved (Australia, Denmark, US Federal Lands Indicators, Japan, Malaysia and The Netherlands).
  • 1 interim standard was returned to the standards development group for further work (Caucasus, Central Asia, Moldova and Mongolia).

By the end of December, 18 national standards were approved for Bulgaria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Nepal, Portugal, Uganda, United Kingdom, Tanzania, Australia, United States (Federal Indicators), Japan, Malaysia, South Africa, Romania, and The Netherlands.

All of these, except the US Federal Indicators, are new or transitioned standards based on our Principles & Criteria version 5.

The finally approved standards can be downloaded at the FSC International Document Centre.

30 countries identified for interim national standards

2018 saw 30 countries identified for developing FSC interim national standards. A total of 23 interim standards were registered. 

Financial resources, amounting to more than 175,000 Euros (EUR), and technical guidance were provided by FSC to support the development of the interim standards, in collaboration with certification bodies.

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How one man’s labour of love led to sustainable construction breakthrough in Japan

Further developments to chain of custody standards

A new two-year project started in 2018 to incorporate core labour requirements into our chain of custody standards. These requirements are based on the International Labour Organization’s core conventions.

A feasibility study to assess the impacts of introducing new requirements for certificate holders and FSC-accredited certification bodies was conducted, and a technical working group was established to develop accreditation requirements for FSC-STD-20-011 V4-0 EN FSC Chain of Custody Evaluations.

First stages in creation of conversion policy

To address motion 7 (2017), we began developing a conversion policy, which considers: restoration and/or conservation for environmental values; and restitution for socio-economic values.

In August, we established the Policy on Conversion working group composed of six members who represent economic, environmental and social interests; and the global South and global North.

Revisions to FSC pesticides policy

The pesticides policy working group, consisting of six stakeholders and three technical experts, developed the contents of the second draft of the policy.

Core document revisions

 

To keep up with the changing forestry industry, we must adjust our core documents. 

Here’s a list of the key new documents introduced, revisions made, and interpretations developed in 2018.

 

Type

Document Title

Document Name

Link

Interpretation of standard

FSC-STD-20-011 (V4-0) EN CHAIN OF CUSTODY EVALUATIONS

Chain of Custody Evaluations

https://ic.fsc.org/en/news-updates/technical-updates/id/2034

Interpretation of standard

FSC-STD-20-012 (V1-1) EN STANDARD FOR EVALUATION OF FSC CONTROLLED WOOD IN FOREST MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES

Standard for evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood in Forest Management Enterprises

https://ic.fsc.org/en/news-updates/technical-updates/id/2034

Interpretation of standard

FSC-STD-30-010 (V2-0) EN FSC CONTROLLED WOOD STANDARD FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES

FSC Controlled Wood Standard for Forest Management Enterprises

https://ic.fsc.org/en/news-updates/technical-updates/id/2034

Interpretation of standard

FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 EN_Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood

Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood

https://ic.fsc.org/en/news-updates/technical-updates/id/2034

Standard

FSC-STD-60-004 V2-0 EN International Generic Indicators

International Generic Indicators (new version)

https://ic.fsc.org/en/news-updates/technical-updates/id/2121

Procedure

FSC-PRO-60-010 Incorporating a risk-based approach in National Forest Stewardship Standards

FSC-PRO-60-010 V1-0 EN Incorporating a risk-based approach in National Forest Stewardship Standards (new procedure)

https://ic.fsc.org/en/news-updates/technical-updates/id/2206

Guidance Document

FSC-GUI-60-010 V1-0 Guideline for Standard Developers on incorporating a risk-based approach in National Forest Stewardship Standards

Guideline for Standard Developers on incorporating a risk-based approach in National Forest Stewardship Standards (new guidance)

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National Standard

FSC-STD-CHN-01-2016 1-0 EN

The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of the People’s Republic of China

https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/338

National Standard

FSC-STD-DNK-02-2018 ALL FOREST TYPES AND SIZES EN

The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of Denmark

https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/336

National Standard

FSC-STD-GBR-03-2017 V1-0 EN UK ALL FOREST TYPES AND SCALES EN

The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of the United Kingdom

https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/320

National Standard

FSC-STD-PRT-01-2016 Portuguese all scope EN

The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of the Portuguese Republic

https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/321

National Standard

FSC-STD-TZA-01-2018 V-01. TANZANIAN NATURAL AND PLANTATION FORESTS AND SLIMF

The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of Tanzania Mainland

https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/339

National Standard

FSC-STD-UGA-01-2017 EN

The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of the Republic of Uganda

https://ic.fsc.org/en/news-updates/technical-updates/id/2103

National Standard

NFSS of Australia

FSC Forest Stewardship Standard of Australia

https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/346

National Standard

NFSS of Japan

FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of Japan

https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/347

National Standard

South African NFSS

FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of South Africa

https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/348