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Tuesday, 03 October 2017
Welcome to CEO Sara Gipton

Sara Gipton

Sara is a passionate and recognised leader in climate change policy, carbon markets and corporate sustainability. Her previous works includes advice to Boards & Executives, scenario testing and risk assessments. She is known for her values driven leadership, her strong focus on relationships and the quality of the outcomes she delivers.


Tuesday 3rd October 2017: The Board of Australia’s leading forest certification organisation, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Australia), are excited to annouce and welcome Sara Gipton as the incoming CEO effective from the 25th of September. Sara will be leading FSC Australia in the delivery of its 2015-2020 Strategic plan with The FSC Australia Board.


FSC Australia is a registered charity and national office of the global non-government, non-profit organisation FSC International. FSC Australia nationally promotes responsible forest management practices through multi-stakeholder standard setting and an internationally recognised certification labelling program.


FSC Australia’s 5-year plan outlines our vision for ‘Healthy forests supporting healthy communities’. The 5-year plan has a number of key outcomes that aim to deliver on standards development, stakeholder engagement, increased brand recognition, advocacy and membership growth. Our mission in 2017 is to make ‘FSC valued and respected by stakeholders.’


Announcing the appointment, FSC Australia Chair Ms. Susie Russell commented “Last year we ended a chapter in our 2020 strategic plan, moving from our short-term outcome 'to make FSC publicly visible and known' and into the medium term phase ‘to make FSC valued and respected by stakeholders’. Sara brings the necessary qualifications and experience now required in the role to achieve our new strategic focus.”


Sara is a passionate and recognised leader in climate change policy, carbon markets and corporate sustainability. Her previous works includes advice to Boards & Executives, scenario testing and risk assessments. She is known for her values driven leadership, her strong focus on relationships and the quality of the outcomes she delivers.


Russell added, “Under Sara’s leadership, FSC Australia will focus on; diversifying its membership, engaging stakeholders across the supply chain, and empowering consumers to use their purchasing power.”


Sara is an expert for the Australian carbon market, corporate disclosure and the complex workings of carbon legislation. Sara’s previous roles include CEO of Greenfleet whose operations she transformed into a highly respected leader in the carbon abatement industry.


Gipton was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2011 and she holds degrees in Science (Hons), Master of Social Science (Environmental Policy), is a Chartered Accountant and a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Course. Sara has also attended leadership programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and Cambridge University Institute of Sustainability Professionals.


FSC Australia will continue to bring together people with economic, social and environmental interests in forests to drive improved practices and shift the global forest trend towards conservation, restoration and respect for all. The voice of responsible forestry is impactful and needed more than ever to navigate the worldwide challenges of deforestation and climate change. Under Gipton’s direction, FSC Australia will continue to pursue its vision, to be the trusted brand for "Healthy forests supporting healthy communities".




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