Audit Notifications & Stakeholder Consultation

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Notification of FSC® Controlled Wood Evaluation Audit of Wespine Industries Pty Ltd

20th October 2017: Scientific Certification Systems Inc. t/a SCS Global Services (SCS) is conducting a Forest StewardshipCouncil® (FSC®) controlled wood (CW) evaluation audit of Wespine Industries Pty Ltd (SCS-COC-005153) for wood harvested from third party softwood plantations in South West Western Australia.


The audit will take place at the Wespine Industries Pty Ltd saw mill and Chip mill in Dardanup WA, and three plantation harvest locations located near the towns of Bunbury and Boddington in South West Western Australia during the week commencing the 4th of December, 2017.

For stakeholder submissions see attachment for contact details.


Public notification about the consultation process for stakeholders for Queensland Commodity Exports Pty Ltd


5th October 2017: Evaluation of Queensland Commodity Exports Pty Ltd to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood. Global-Mark will conduct an independent audit to assess conformity of the company’s risk assessment and verification program for wood sources supplied without a FSC claim.


As part of the evaluation to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements forSourcing FSC Controlled Wood,Global-Mark seeks stakeholder participation. Please supply your comments by email to the contact listed below. The audit will take place at the organisation’s office in Brisbane with field verification audits of a sample of Supply Units of the supply area in fromTuesday 14th November 2017.


Wespine Industries Pty Ltd: Due diligence system according to FSCSTD-40-005(V3.1) EN. REQUIREMENTS FOR SOURCING FSC®CONTROLLED WOOD.


5th October 2017: Wespine Industries Pty Ltd produces Softwood woodchips for export. Supply for Wespine ’s products comes from a variety of plantation sources. Some are local FSC certified and some are local controlled material source. All wood sourced is plantation grown species, mainly Pinus Radiata, from Western Australia including all sub districts within these state boundaries.


Suppliers are all private wood lots supplying Controlled material included in Wespine’s own FSC Controlled Wood Due Diligence System.For all suppliers including third party private growers, detailed records are kept of supplying blocks and these are made available to FSC auditors as part of the Wespine FSC/PEFC Chain of custody system.


Due Diligence systemThis document outlines the Due Diligence (DD) system under FSC-STD-40-005 (V3.1) EN REQUIREMENTS FOR SOURCING FSC® CONTROLLED WOOD - PART I DUE DILIGENCE SYSTEM.

Your comments are sought on this due diligence system and in particular the controls within it for the protection of High Conservation Values (HCV). Please send responses to shanaread@gmail.com by December 6th 2017


Evaluation of N.F. McDonnell & Sons to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood


3rd October 2017: As part of the evaluation to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSCControlled Wood, Global-Mark seeks stakeholder participation. Please supply your comments by email to the contact listed below.

The audit will take place at the organisation’s office in Mt Gambier with field verification audits of a sample of Supply Units of the supply area in the week commencing Monday 13th November 2017.


Public Notification for FSC Controlled Wood Evaluation audit of Midway Limited against FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1


2nd October 2017: Scientific Certification Systems Inc. t/a SCS Global Services (SCS) is conducting a Forest StewardshipCouncil® (FSC®) controlled wood (CW) evaluation audit of Midway Limited (SCS-COC-004864) for wood harvested from third party hardwood plantations in South West Victoria.


The audit will take place at theMidway Ltd office and wood chip handling facility in Geelong with field verification audits of three plantation harvest locations located near the towns of Nareen, Glenthompson and Ballarat during the week commencing the 13th of November, 2017.


As part of the FSC certification evaluation, SCS is currently seeking stakeholder input regarding the relevance, effectiveness or adequacy of the Midway Limited Due Diligence System (DDS) to avoid material from unacceptable sources.


Global Services (SCS) is conducting a Forest StewardshipCouncil® (FSC®) controlled wood (CW) evaluation audit of WA Chip & Pulp Pty Ltd (SCS-COC-004093)

25th September 2017: The audit will take place at the WA Chip & Pulp Pty Ltd office in Bunbury, log and wood chip facility in Manjimup and Port ofBunbury with field verification audits of four plantation harvest locations located near the towns of Augusta, Nannup, Greenbushes and Mayanup during the week commencing the 6th of November, 2017.


As part of the FSC certification evaluation, SCS is currently seeking stakeholder input regarding the relevance, effectiveness or adequacy of the WAPRES Due Diligence System (DDS) to avoid material from unacceptable sources.

Call for Public Participation SCS is seeking comments on the controlled wood source of WA Chip & Pulp Pty Ltd or other topics relevant to the FSC Controlled Wood Standard 40-005v3.1 against which they are being assessed.Comments can be submitted via email, standard mail, or facsimile to our Lead auditor or SCS representative whose details are listed below.


Your options for communicating your feedback to us are as follows:
Meet with the SCS Lead Auditor during the fieldwork.
Provide comments to the Lead Auditor via phone
Submit written comments by mail, FAX or email to Nick Capobianco, SCS Australia representative.


All comments and sources will be kept in strict confidence at the request of the commenter.


Notification of WAPRES FSC Forest Management, CoC and Controlled Wood Audit

17th September 2017:

For your information as a stakeholder or potential stakeholder in WAPRES (WA Plantation Resources) operations:

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) will soon be conducting an audit of WAPRES against the FSC Forest Management, the FSC Chain of Custody and FSC Controlled Wood standards.

The audit will commence on Monday the 30th of October.


Forico Pty Ltd (Forico) are soon to be audited to the FSC Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V3.1)


8th September 2017: The supply of plantation products to Forico Pty Limited originates from a number of wood fibre sources. A proportion of the plantation material is sourced from third party Suppliers in Tasmania.


Forico is currently conducting an assessment and verification process of third party supply as part of our program for controlled wood sources under the FSC Standard Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 (V 3.1)).


Please find attached
(i) a covering letter that provides a detailed overview of the process; and
(ii) the Stakeholder Consultation Feedback form which details the risk mitigation control measures that ensures the third party material can be mixed with Forico certified plantation sources.


Interested stakeholders are invited to view these documents and complete the attached feedback form by 20 October 2017, either:
· through written submissions: Address to the Certification and Compliance Manager, PO Box 5316, Launceston 7250;
· personal presentation to the Certification and Compliance Manager: 10 Techno Park Drive, Launceston;
· via email: forico@forico.com.au; or
· if you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Certification and Compliance Manager: (03) 6335 5201.


If you wish to comment, please include whether you consent to your feedback being made public (comments will be presented anonymously).


Public notice – seeking comment from interested stakeholders:


5th September: Queensland Commodity Exports (QCE) Pty Ltd is a wood processing and export facility located in Brisbane, Queensland.


QCE is certified to the following FSC standards:
• FSC Standard for Chain of Custody Certification (FSC-STD-40-004);
• FSC Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005); and
• is in the process of upgrading to the new version of the FSC controlled wood standard.


QCE is commencing stakeholders consultation regarding the management of high conservation values (HCV) associated with QCE’s plantation wood sources. QCE purchase plantation wood from commercial plantation managers (e.g. HQ Plantation, FCNSW), small private forest owners and several local saw mills in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.


We invite stakeholders that are involved with or have an interest in QCE’s plantation wood supply to offer comment or feedback in relation to:


• identifying High Conservation Values (HCVs) and threats to them, including biodiversity, forest productive capacity, forest ecosystem health, soil, water, cultural values• controlled wood verification processes,
• control measures applied to protect HCVsA public briefing notice and links to relevant documentation is provided below.


Stakeholders are invited to give comment/feedback by 18th October 2017. Stakeholders may complete the stakeholder consultation form attached. Feedback should be sent to fscenquiries@qldcommodity.com.au


Midway Ltd – FSC-STD-40-005, FSC-STD-30-010 Stakeholder Consultations


5th September: Midway Limited is commencing stakeholder consultations regarding the management of high conservation values (HCV) associated with its plantation wood supply and procurement activities.

We invite stakeholders that are involved with or have an interest in forest activities associated with our wood supply to offer comment or feedback in relation to:


· High Conservation Values (HCV) identification and protection, including biodiversity, soil and water values, cultural and heritage values
· controlled wood verification processes,
· control measures applied to protect HCVs


A public briefing notice and links to relevant documentation is provided below.


Stakeholders are invited to give comment/feedback by 30/10/2017. Stakeholders may complete the stakeholder consultation form attached. Feedback should be sent to ForestManagementEnquiries@midwaylimited.com.au


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