Thursday, 20 December 2018
FSC Australia CEO meets with Australian MPs to discuss national standard
Promoting FSC to government
This month FSC Australia CEO Sara Gipton met with ten Government, opposition, and crossbench members of parliament in Canberra, to discuss the significance of the FSC Australian National Standard to the nations forestry industry.
The series of meetings took place during Parliament's final sitting week of the year. Sara discussed the opportunities that the launch of the National Standard provides, including,
- a tool for reaching consensus on native timber harvesting and recognition that the industry needs stability to stimulate investment,
- a mechanism for ensuring that Indigenous People's rights are exercised in forestry in Australia, and
- the role that forests play in meeting carbon commitments and FSC ESS as a way of backing up those claims
Sara met with over 10 MPs, including Assistant Minister for Water and Agriculture, Richard Colbeck. The meetings covered the growing demand for FSC in the market, especially from large retailers mandating FSC in their supply chains – both publicly and privately. Growth in domestic demand presents an opportunity for government to support sustainable Australian businesses in their efforts to become FSC certified, both in the supply chain as well as in forest management.
The Australian federal government has made a commitment to developing sustainable forestry and FSC is the most credible solution to deliver sustainably managed forests. FSC Australia will continue to engage with Government, opposition, and crossbench MPs and senators to promote the role that FSC can play in helping meet national targets, enter new markets, and take care of our forests.