Audit Notifications & Stakeholder Consultation

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Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification reassessment of the Hancock Victorian Plantations Pty Ltd

20th Sept 2018:

The Rainforest Alliance is conducting the forest management and chain of custody certification reassessment of the Hancock Victorian Plantations Pty Ltd., located in Victoria, Australia.


The reassessment will be implemented from 8th to 14th November 2018. For detail information, please refer to attached file.


As a part of the forest certification assessment process we invite stakeholders to offer comment and feedback on Hancock Victorian Plantations Pty Ltd. forest management in relation to conformance with the requirements. We welcome input, either public or confidential, in whatever form is easiest and most secure for you. Your input will be valuable at any stage of the assessment process, but we would prefer to receive your comments either prior to the assessment, during the assessment, or prior to November 28th, 2018 so that we can take them into consideration in reaching a certification decision by February 2019.


Your options for communicating your observations to us are as follows.
Meet with a Rainforest Alliance assessment team member during or shortly after the fieldwork.
Call and give comments to Pratama Bagus Kurniaji, the Rainforest Alliance staff person responsible for coordinating this certification assessment from Asia Pacific Regional Office. If Pratama Bagus Kurniaji is not in the office, please give your comments to either Indu Bikal Sapkota.
Submit written comments by mail, FAX or email to Pratama Bagus Kurniaji. Unless you request otherwise, these comments will be kept confidential and are solely for the purposes of assessing the Hancock Victorian Plantations Pty Ltd. [/list]


Queensland Commodity Exports Pty Limited – FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1


29th of August:


Stakeholder Consultations Queensland Commodity Exports Pty 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 26th October 2018.
Stakeholders may complete the stakeholder consultation form attached. Feedback should be sent to fscenquiries@qldcommodity.com.au.


Forest Management carried out by SFM Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd T/A SFM Forest Products SA-FM/COC-002984:


21st of August:




In September 2018 Soil Asssociation will carry out a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Forest Management assessment of forest management by SFM Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd T/A SFM Forest Products in AUSTRALIA. They will be assessed against the requirements of the Woodmark Generic Checklist (ST-FM-001-07; Oct 2012) adapted for use in Australia ST-FM-001-07 Aus (version 5.1; 2014)


We would welcome any comments you have on forest management carried out by SFM Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd T/A SFM Forest Products and/or sites within their Group Scheme and/or ]the FSC Standard being used (you can view this standard at www.soilassociation.org/forestry)


To comment, please use one of the following options: Complete the enclosed feedback form and return it to forestryconsultation@soilassociation.org or the address at the end of the form. Complete our online stakeholder feedback form, using the link below: www.soilassociation.org/stakeholderconsultation/


The deadline for comments is 05-Sep-2018.


If your comments are site specific, please state very clearly which site they refer to.


Notification of WAPRES Combined FSC®/RW(AFS) ForestManagement, FSC®/RW(AFS) CoC, FSC® Controlled Woodand ISO14001 Audit


11/07/2018




Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) will soon be conducting an audit of WAPRES against the FSCForest Management, the FSC Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood, RW(AFS) Forest Management,the RW(AFS) Chain of Custody and ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems standards.


Further information can be found at WAPRES www.wapres.com.au. The audit will commence on the week Monday the 3rd of September 2018. Stakeholder engagement and input is an important component of the audit process.


Please direct any feedback to:
FSC & RW(AFS) Forest Management - Graeme Lea at graeme.lea at ftcg.com point au,
FSC & RW(AFS) CoC and FSC Controlled Wood - Tuesday Phelan at tuesdayphelan at gmail point com and
ISO 14000 Environmental Management - Nick Capobianco at nick at greenmarketing.net point au orqueries can be sent to WAPRES at management.systems at wapres.com point au who will then forward tothe appropriate auditor.


Evaluation of Reliance Forest Fibre Pty Ltd, trading as Smartfibre to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood


09/07/18:


The organisation named above seeks Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] Chain ofCustody [CoC] with Controlled Wood [CW] certification for their mill operations.Assessment will be against FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1. A copy of the standard is available from:https://ic.fsc/org/en/certification/requirements-guidance/normative-framework/standardsThe audit will take place at the organisation’s office and mill in Bell Bay with field verificationaudits of a sample of Supply Units of the supply area in the week ending Friday 31stAugust2018.


Global-Mark address: Suite 4.07, 32 Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113
Phone: +61 2 9886 0222 Fax: +61 2 9886 0200
Judy Alexander, Lead Auditor judy.alexander at global-mark.com point au


Evaluation of Southern Pacific Fibre (SPF) to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood‘Organisation’




As part of the evaluation to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSCControlled Wood, Global-Mark seeks stakeholder participation. Please supply yourcomments regarding the organisation and/or their due diligence system for sourcing non- FSC material via email to the contact listed below. Alternatively, if you wish to providecomments confidentially, there is the opportunity to contact Global-Mark using the contactnumber listed below.


The organisation named above seeks Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] Chain ofCustody [CoC] with Controlled Wood [CW] certification for their forest processing operations.Assessment will be against FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1. A copy of the standard is available from:https://ic.fsc/org/en/certification/requirements-guidance/normative-framework/standardsThe audit will take place at the organisation’s office in Esperance with field verification auditsof a sample of Supply Units of the supply area in the week commencing 13th August 2018


Global-Mark address: Suite 4.07, 32 Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113
Phone: +61 2 9886 0222 Fax: +61 2 9886 0200
Name of audit team members: Judy Alexander judy.alexander at global-mark.com point au


The Forest Products Commission’s Karri forest management


The Forest Products Commission (FPC) are currently seeking comment on their June 2018 version of the Karri forest management plan and Karri forest HCV assessment. A consultation period will be running from Wednesday 13 June to Thursday 12 July 2018.


Comments received during this time will enable the FPC to consider feedback prior to our July 2018 external audit against the Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC®) Controlled Wood standard (FSC-STD-030-010; licence code: FSC-C120630). For further information please refer to the FPC’s website on the following linkhttp://www.fpc.wa.gov.au/karriforestmanagementplan


Forest Products Commission Western Australia - FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-030-010).

4 June, 2018:

In July 2018 we will carry out a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Forest Management assessment of forest management by Forest Products Commission Western Australia in Australia. They will be assessed against the requirements of the FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-030-010).


We would welcome any comments you have on forest management carried out by Forest Products Commission Western Australia and/or the FSC Standard being used (you can view this standard at www.soilassociation.org/forestry)


For email template:To comment, please follow the link below to our feedback form and guidance.www.soilassociation.org/stakeholderconsultation/ alternatively please see the attached. The deadline for comments is 9th July 2018.


If your comments are site specific, please state very clearly which site they refer to. In order to make the consultation process more efficient, please provide us with an email address for future consultations as we may not be able to carry out postal consultations in future years.


Thank you in advance for your time.


South West Fibre Pty Ltd – FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Stakeholder Consultations

South West Fibre Pty Ltd 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 30th June 2018. Stakeholders may complete the stakeholder consultation form attached. Feedback should be sent to fscenquiries@southwestfibre.com.au.


PF Olsen Australia ForestSmart Group Certification Scheme Re-certification Audit

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) will be conducting a re-certification audit of the PF Olsen Australia ForestSmart Group Certification Scheme during the week commencing 11th June 2018.

PF Olsen Australia is an independent forest management services provider acting for clients throughout Australia. ForestSmart® is PF Olsen Australia’s Group Certification Scheme for sustainable forest management. ForestSmart® offers cost effective forest management certification to small and medium-sized growers.
The area under evaluation includes:

  • a 2,664ha forest management unit centred around Albany, in Western Australia that includes 5 private landowners growing bluegum plantations and an area of Karri, and
  • a 25,408ha forest management unit on Kangaroo Island, South Australia owned by Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers Limited which includes around 12,000ha of blue gum plantations, 2,000 ha of radiata pine plantations and more than 7,000ha of high quality remnant vegetation.

Call for Public Participation
SCS is seeking comments on the forest management of PF Olsen or other topics pertinent to their seeking FSC certification, such as whether PF Olsen complies with the legal, social, technical, and environmental requirements of the standard or identification of high conservation value forests[1] within its managed lands.

Comments can be submitted via email to FSCConsultation@scsglobalservices.com, standard mail, or facsimile.

All comments and sources will be kept in strict confidence at the request of the commenter. Also, please feel welcome to forward this message on to other stakeholders that you think may have an interest in sharing their perspective on this assessment.

Date of the Evaluation
The field evaluation is scheduled to start 12 June 2018. When possible, SCS will make arrangements to meet with interested parties during the evaluation if appropriate, but it is preferred that comments are submitted before the field evaluation commences.

Dispute Resolution Procedure
As provided by the FSC Interim Dispute Resolution Protocol and the SCS Forest Conservation Program Quality Manual, dispute resolution procedures are in place and available to interested parties at http://www.scsglobalservices.com/your-feedback.

Additional Information
More information about FSC and SCS can be obtained from www.fsc.org and www.SCSglobalServices.com. Information about PF Olsen can be found at https://au.pfolsen.com/.

Contact details:

To contact SCS Global Services (auditor)
Graeme Lea, FSC Lead Auditor
Brendan Grady, SCS Director of Forest Management
2000 Powell St, Suite 600; Emeryville CA 94608, USA
Tel +1 (510)452-8034, Fax +1 (510)452-6882
FSCConsultation@scsglobalservices.com

To contact PF Olsen
Details of the areas to be assessed can be found at https://au.pfolsen.com.
Please contact David Bennett via email (david.bennett@pfolsen.com)


Timberlink Australia chain of custody and controlled wood certification - identification and protection of High Conservation Values (HCV)

Evaluation of Timberlink Australia to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood


24th April 2018:


The organisation named above seeks Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] Chain ofCustody [CoC] with Controlled Wood [CW] certification for their mill operations.Assessment will be against FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1.


A copy of the standard is available from:https://ic.fsc/org/en/certification/requirements-guidance/normative-framework/standards


The audit will take place at the organisation’s office in Bell Bay with field verification audits ofa sample of Supply Units of the supply area in the week commencing Monday 4th June 2018.The organisation is required to maintain a risk mitigation process, which must includestakeholder consultation and possible field verifications as control measures in relation toHigh Conservation Values related to the supply area. Please provide comment to the email address below.




Contact details:Global-Mark address:
Judy Alexander, Lead Auditor judy.alexander at global-mark.com point au
Suite 4.07, 32 Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113
Phone: +61 2 9886 0222 Fax: +61 2 9886 0200


Notification of FSC® Controlled Wood Surveillance Audit of OneFortyOne Wood Products Pty Ltd

19th April 2018:

Scientific Certification Systems Inc. t/a SCS Global Services (SCS) is conducting a Forest StewardshipCouncil® (FSC®) controlled wood (CW) surveillance audit of OneFortyOne Wood Products Pty Ltd (ONO)(SCS-COC-004912) for wood harvested from third party softwood plantations in Mount Gambier and theGreen Triangle Region of the South East of South Australia and South West Victoria.
The audit will be conducted week commencing the 28th of May 2018 at the company office and saw mill in MountGambier, ship loading facility in Portland Victoria, three plantation harvest locations located aroundMount Gambier in South Australia and South West Victoria and uncertified saw mills in the supply chain to ONO.

Mr. Graeme Lea, SCS Lead Auditor, Tel (61) 401-299-608, graeme.lea at ftcg.com point au


Mr. Nick Capobianco, SCS Australian & NZ Representative, Tel (61) 3-5962-6852, NCapobianco at scsglobalservices point com


FSC Controlled Wood Stakeholder Consultation OneFortyOne Wood Products Pty Ltd


17th April 2018:


OneFortyOne Wood Products Pty Ltd has certification to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard FSC-STD-40-005-V3.0 EN; Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood, for the export woodchip market. This involves ensuring wood is sourced from forests where High Conservation Values (HCV) are not threatened and non-eligible material is not supplied. Enclosed is a document that summarises how OneFortyOne Wood Products has gone about this.


We are seeking comments from stakeholders who may have an interest in the OneFortyOne Wood Products Due Diligence System (DDS) for Controlled Wood. If you wish to provide comments and feedback, you may use the form attached for written comments. Once completed, please send this form to us via email mark.ellis@onefortyone.com or fax 08 87212847. Alternatively you may wish to contact us by telephone on 0488480207 to discuss any relevant issues. All comments and feedback must be received by close of business 18th May 2018.


Notification of Pending FSC Controlled Wood Evaluation of Plantation Management Partners Pty Ltd


16th April, 2018:
SCS is currently seeking stakeholder input regarding the forest management of Plantation Management Partners Pty Ltd. Please comment via email, or call our offices or representatives to discuss (contact info below). Plantation Management Partners carries out plantation management, harvest of logs, and harvest of logs for infield wood chip production on approximately 85,000 acres at Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia.
Management Partners Pty Ltd complies with the legal, social, technical, and environmental requirements of the standard or identification of high conservation value forests[1] within its managed lands. Comments can be submitted via email, standard mail, or facsimile to Graeme Lea


The field evaluation is scheduled to commence during the week of 21 May 2018. SCS will make arrangements to meet with interested parties during the evaluation if appropriate, but it is preferred that comments are submitted before the evaluation commences.

Graeme Lea, FSC Lead Auditor
Brendan Grady, SCS Director of Forest Management
2000 Powell St, Suite 600; Emeryville CA 94608, USA
Tel +1 (510) 452-8034, Fax +1 (510) 452-6898
bgrady@scsglobalservices.com


Stakeholder Notification - Forest Management and Chain of Custody annual audit of Australian Bluegum Plantation

6th of February, 2018: The Rainforest Alliance is conducting forest management and chain of custody annual audit of the Australian Bluegum Plantations located in Western Australia and Green Triangle, Australia. The audit will be implemented from 19th to 22nd March 2018.

As a part of the forest annual audit process we invite stakeholders to offer comment and feedback on Australian Bluegum Plantations forest management in relation to conformance with the requirements of the forest management standard. We welcome input, either public or confidential, in whatever form is easiest and most secure for you. Your input will be valuable at any stage of the audit process, but we would prefer to receive your comments either prior to the audit, during the audit, or prior to 6 April 2018 so that we can take them into consideration in reaching a annual audit decision by June 2018.
Your options for communicating your observations to us are as follows
-Meet with a Rainforest Alliance audit team member during or shortly after the fieldwork.
-Call and give comments to Pratama Bagus Kurniaji, the Rainforest Alliance staff person responsible for coordinating this annual audit from Asia Pacific Regional Office. If Pratama Bagus Kurniaji is not in the office, please give your comments to Indu Bikal Sapkota.
-Submit written comments by mail, FAX or email to Pratama Bagus Kurniaji. Unless you request otherwise, these comments will be kept confidential and are solely for the purposes of assessing the Australian Bluegum Plantations.

Pratama Bagus Kurniaji
Tel: +62361-4723499
Fax: +62361-4723498
Email:pkurniaji@ra.org
skype: pratama_thepm


Notification of FSC® Controlled Wood Re- Evaluation Audit of Visy Industries Australia Pty Ltd (VISY)

15th January 2018: SCS Global Services (SCS) is conducting a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) controlled wood (CW) re-evaluation audit of Visy Industries Australia Pty Ltd (SCS-COC-003987) for wood harvested from third party softwood plantations in Central and South East New SouthWales, ACT and North eastern Victoria.


The audit will be conducted week commencing the 26th of February, 2018 at the company’s Paper mill in Tumut NSW and will include saw mills in the supply chain to Visy and plantation harvest locations located in the Braidwood and Tumbarumba regions of NSW and ACT.


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. NCapobianco at scsglobalservices point com

All comments and sources will be kept in strict confidence at the request of the commenter.
Lead Auditor: Mr. Graeme Lea, Tel (61) 401 299 608, Graeme at ftcg.com point au


Timberlink Australia Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood Verification - Identification and Protection of High Conservation Values (HCVs)

6 April 2018: Timberlink Australia Pty Ltd is a plantation pine sawmiller with mills at Bell Bay in Tasmania and Tarpeena in South Australia. They are conducting an assessment and verification process on supply as part of their program for controlled wood sources under FSC-STD-40-005.
Please see the attached document describing the Timberlink verification system. Interested stakeholders should view this document and are invited to give comment/feedback by 21/5/2018. Written feedback should be sent to tinnes@timberlinkaustralia.com.au; or stakeholders may arrange to make a personal presentation via the same email address or the telephone number below. If you do wish to comment, please include whether you consent to your comments being made public (comments will be presented anonymously). Stakeholders are also invited to contact FSC Australia to discuss the process and receive a copy of the relevant standard, contact info@fscaustralia.org.

ContactTrevor Innes, Timberlink General Manager Technical & Environment
E: tinnes at timberlinkaustralia.com point au
P: +613 6380 2969


Alpine MDF FSC Stakeholder Consultation

5th January 2018: Alpine MDF is undertaking stakeholder consultations in relation to their FSC chain of custody and controlled wood certification.


Please see attached a letter providing information on our source areas, suppliers, and risk mitigation measures. We are seeking stakeholder comments and feedback on whether Alpine MDF and our suppliers are doing enough to ensure significant environmental and cultural values are identified and protected from threatening processes arising from harvesting of pine plantations.


Your time and consideration is appreciated. If would like to participate, please complete the attached letter. Please indicate on the letter if you consent to your comments being anonymously made public.


CALL FOR STAKEHOLDER REGISTRATION - FIBRE SUPPLIER OPERATIONS

21/12/17: In 2018, Visy plans to source fibre from Softwood Plantations throughout NSW, VIC and the ACT (including Snowy Valleys Shire, Great Hume Shire, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Gundagai Shire, Bathurst Regional Council, Queanbeyan-Pelerang Regional Council, Oberon Council, City of Lithgow, Carbonne Shire, Wingecarribee Council, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Towrong Shire, East Gippsland Shire and Indigo Shire)


Visy invites stakeholders who feel they have an interest and/or are affected by Visy’s fibre supplier operations to register via the below links to receive a comment form. Registrations will be accepted until end 2018.

Register your interest here:
https://www.visy.com.au/stakeholder-engagement


Evaluation of the Pentarch Forestry to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood


5th Dec 2017: As part of the evaluation to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood, Global-Mark seeks stakeholder participation. Please supply your comments by email to the contact listed below.


The organisation named above seeks Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] Chain of Custody [CoC] with Controlled Wood [CW] certification for their mill operations at Eden and Tasmania.


The audit will take place at the organisation’s office in Eden. The organisation has not been previously certified to FSC-STD-40-005 so the scope of the audit is examining the system for sourcing FSC Controlled Wood.


Global-Mark address:
Suite 4.07, 32 Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113
Phone: +61 2 9886 0222
Fax: +61 2 9886 0200
Judy Alexander, Lead Auditor, judy.alexander at global-mark.com point au


Notification of Pending FSC Controlled Wood Evaluation of VicForests


28th Nov 2017: VicForests is seeking Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood FSC-STD-30-010 (V.2) certification for its properties in the regions of Central Highlands and East Gippsland.


As part of a Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) Controlled Wood assessment, SCS is currently seeking stakeholder input regarding the forest management of VicForests. Please comment via email, or call our offices or representatives to discuss (contact info below).


The field evaluation is scheduled to commence during the week of 4 December 2017. SCS will make arrangements to meet with interested parties during the evaluation if appropriate, but it is preferred that comments are submitted before the evaluation commences.


As provided by the FSC Interim Dispute Resolution Protocol and the SCS Forest Conservation Program Quality Manual, dispute resolution procedures are in place and available to interested parties at http://www.scsglobalservices.com/your-feedback


Dr. Robert Hrubes
FSC Lead Auditor
Tel +1 (510)452-8034, Fax +1 (510) 452-6898
FSCconsultation@scsglobalservices.com


Evaluation of AKD Softwoods to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood.


3rd Nov 2017: The organisation named above seeks Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] Chain of Custody [CoC] with Controlled Wood [CW] certification for their operations. Assessment will be against FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1.


A copy of the standard is available from:https://ic.fsc/org/en/certification/requirements-g […].


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


Evaluation of the NSFP Smartfibre Pty Ltd to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood


27th October 2017: 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 organisation named above seeks Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] Chain ofCustody [CoC] with Controlled Wood [CW] certification for their mill operations. Assessment will be against FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1. A copy of the standard is available from: https://ic.fsc/org/en/certification/requirements-g […]


The audit will take place at the organisation’s office in Tasmania with field verification audits of a sample of Supply Units of the supply area in the week of Wednesday 6th December 2017.


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


Norske Skog CoC and CW Audit Notification


17 July 2018 - Notice to Stakeholders
In the week commencing August 27 Norske Skog are to be audited to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management, Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood standards. Following changes to the Controlled Wood standard (FSC-STD-40-005 V3.1) there is a requirement to carry out more extensive stakeholder consultation, specifically in relation to sourcing plantation inputs from non-certified suppliers.

Norske Skog currently source approximately 500,000 tonnes of plantation grown Pinus radiata wood (in log form) per annum from within Tasmania. Two-thirds of this volume is sourced from Norske Skog’s defined forest area with the balance largely from Timberlands Pacific. Norske Skog and Timberlands Pacific are FSC forest management certified. Norske Skog also source FSC certified kraft pulp as an input from Oji Fibre Solutions in New Zealand. A small percentage of wood, typically <5% of total volume, is supplied to Norske Skog from non-certified FSC suppliers. This wood is typically sourced from independent private landowners that have small woodlots and windbreaks on their farms and cannot carry the financial costs associated with forest certification. In most instances these operations have oversight by a third party forest management company that has sourced the wood, prepared a forest practices plan (FPP), and monitors and reports on the operation.

In order for Norske Skog to ensure this non-certified wood (defined as controlled material) is responsibly sourced and can subsequently be accepted and mixed with the certified wood to produce paper products we implement a Due Diligence System (DDS). This system involves a review of the National Risk Assessment, Company Risk Assessment, field verification and stakeholder consultation.

Due Diligence System
FSC have determined that there are five categories of unacceptable sources of wood (referred to as controlled wood categories).
1. Illegally harvested wood
2. Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
3. Wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities
4. Wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
5. Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted

The Australian National Risk Assessment identifies Tasmania as low risk for categories 1, 2 and 5. Categories 3 and 4 are identified as ‘unspecified risk’ and as such require further assessment via a Company Risk Assessment.

The Norske Skog Company Risk Assessment identifies category 4 as non-applicable as the suppliers are only harvesting plantation P. radiata and Norske Skog only accepts P. radiata as an input. There is no conversion of forest to plantation or non-forest associated with any wood Norske Skog accepts. The control measure for category 3 is primarily a forest practices plan (FPP). The preparation of a FPP includes the assessment of natural and cultural values and where necessary prescribes management prescriptions to eliminate and/or mitigate impact, and is in accordance with the Forest Practices Code. The FPP is certified by a forest practices officer (FPO) and there is a requirement under Tasmanian legislation Forest Practices Act 1985 for compliance reporting, on all FPPs, and annual auditing by the Forest Practices Authority (FPA) of a sample of FPPs.

As part of its DDS Norske Skog will also undertake field inspections where it is considered beneficial. These field inspections are targeted at the operations where a third party forest management company may not be directly involved in the monitoring of operations and/or where the wood is sourced from an operation that does not require an FPP. An example of the latter is removing P. radiata that is near roads, powerlines or buildings.

Stakeholder feedback
Norske Skog invite stakeholders to provide feedback regarding the adequacy of the DDS. Specifically do stakeholders consider that there are sufficient control measures in place to ensure that non-certified wood is responsibly sourced? Please provide
comment by 13 August.
Thankyou for taking the time to consider this notice. Norske Skog will respond in writing within 60 days to all stakeholders that have provided comment, including documenting any changes to our approach.

Forest managementNorske Skog see stakeholder consultation as a fundamental part of forest management. Please feel free to contact me if you have any enquiries regarding forest management activities undertaken by Norske Skog. Norske Skog staff can take interested stakeholders on field inspections of operations, should the need arise. These have proven beneficial in providing an opportunity for stakeholders to see how forest operations are conducted, and for Norske Skog to refine the way it presents information regarding forest management.


Yours sincerely


Norske Skog Paper Mills (Australia) LtdBoyer Mill - Fibre
Michael Schofield
Forester
0447612192


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