Audit Notifications & Stakeholder Consultation

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Bunbury Fibre Exports Stakeholder Consultation

Bunbury Fibre Exports Pty Ltd (BFE) is a plantationwoodchip export company operating from Berth 8, Bunbury Harbour. BFE sourcesplantation grown blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) from corporate and privateplantation growers (grown on private property) throughout the south west ofWestern Australia. BFE processes and exports in excess of 500,000 tonnesof wood chip annually into the Japanese and Chinese pulp and paper markets. BFEis supported by 5 harvest and haulage contractors. All of BFE’s contractor baseis locally sourced (under contractual arrangements) and BFE has a stronghistory of sourcing locally based support services.
Please download the letter below.


Forest Management carried out by Forico Pty Ltd SA-FM/COC-004896

8th August 2017: In September 2017 we will carry out a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Forest Management assessment of forest management by Forico Pty Ltd in AUSTRALIA.


They will be assessed against the requirements of the Australia WM Generic Std adt v5.1 May 2014 - English


We would welcome any comments you have on;
a) forest management carried out by and/or
b) the FSC Standard being used (you can view this standard a https://ic.fsc.org/en/certification/national-standards)


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/


Please see attached the FMU overview maps.


The deadline for comments is 29/08/2017.


Notification of FSC® Controlled Wood Evaluation Audit of Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania Pty Ltd

25th June 2017: Scientific Certification Systems Inc. t/a SCS Global Services (SCS) is conducting a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) controlled wood (CW) evaluation audit of Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania Pty Ltd (SCSCOC-005216) for wood harvested from third party Acacia plantations in the Tiwi Islands NT. The audit will take place at the wood chip handling facility at Port Melville with field verification audits of plantation harvest locations in the Tiwi Islands during the week commencing the 11th of September, 2017. As part of the FSC certification evaluation, SCS is currently seeking stakeholder input regarding the relevance, effectiveness or adequacy of the Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania Pty Ltd Due Diligence System (DDS) to avoid material from unacceptable sources.

Please see letter attached for more information.


The Forest Products Commission (FPC) and the development of the Karri forest management plan (KFMP) Due diligence system according to FSC-STD-30-010.

17th July 2017: The Forest Products Commission (FPC) has developed the Karri forest management plan (KFMP) to meet the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council’s® (FSC®) Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-30-010; FSC-C120630) and the associated FSC Australia’s High Conservation Values (HCVs) evaluation framework.

The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is seeking comment on the June 2017 version of the Karri Forest Management Plan (KFMP) and Karri Forest HCV Assessment. Public comment is open from 13 July to 14 August. The FPC will review all feedback before the external audit against the Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC®) Controlled Wood standard (FSC-STD-030-010; licence code: FSC-C120630) in October 2017.

For further information please refer to the FPC’s website on the following link: http://www.fpc.wa.gov.au/karriforestmanagementplan


Stakeholder Consultation for the evaluation of Albany Plantation Export Company Pty Ltd., July 2017, who wishes to purchase wood as ‘Controlled’ from South Western Australia.


22nd June 2017:The Soil Association’s forest and chain of custody certification programme is accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) to evaluate companies Controlled Wood verification programmes according to FSC-STD-40-005 Requirements for sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (Controlled Wood standard)

Albany Plantation Export Company Pty Ltd have concluded that categories 1, 2, 4 and 5 are considered as low risk. This is in line with the FSC National approved risk assessment and will not be evaluated further during the Soil Association audit. Category 3 has been considered as ‘unspecified risk’ and field verification assessments have been conducted at the FMU level focussed on category 3 by the company as part of a company verification programme. The results of the FMU level verification programme have led to a ‘low risk’ designation at the category 3 level in the company risk assessment.


Soil Association will conduct field verification audits of a sample of FMUs at which the company have already conducted field assessments or are in the process of conducting field assessments. This audit will evaluate if the company conducted the verification programme appropriately against the requirements of the FSC Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-40-005).


Comments are sought regarding evidence of conformity or nonconformity to the applicable requirements of FSC-STD-40-005 (See the attached stakeholder consultation guidance and response forms for more information).


Please complete the attached feedback form and return it to forestryconsultation@soilassociation.org by 02/08/2017. If your comments are site specific, please state very clearly which site they refer to.


You may also submit comments to the FSC National Initiative in your country who can be contacted at the following address:info@au.fsc.org


Australian Bluegum Plantations Pty Ltd (ABP)Due diligence system according to FSC-STD-40-005 (V3.1) EN. REQUIREMENTS FOR SOURCING FSC® CONTROLLED WOOD for Softwood in Victoria and SouthAustralia

14th June 2017: Supply of soft wood for Australian Bluegum Plantation’s products may come from a variety of plantation sources. Some are local FSC certified and some are local controlled material source. All wood sourced is plantation grown from the Australian states of Victoria and SouthAustralia including all sub districts within these state boundaries.


Supplier may fall into the following categories:
· FSC certified wood.
· FSC Controlled Wood from companies certified according to FSC-STD-30-010 or FSC-STD-40-005.
· Controlled material included in the company's ownFSC 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.

All comments and feedback must be received by Wednesday 9th August and can be sent to Leanne Tomlinson at leanne.tomlinson@austgum.com.au or 3/191 Chesterpass Road, Albany, WA 6330


Australian Bluegum Plantations Pty Ltd (ABP) Due Diligence System according to FSC-STD-40-005 (V3.1) EN. REQUIREMENTS FOR SOURCING FSC® CONTROLLED WOOD.



9th June 2017: Supply for Australian Bluegum Plantation’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 from the Australian states of Victoria and South Australia and Western Australia including all sub districts within these state boundaries.Suppliers fall into the following categories:
o FSC certified wood
o FSC Controlled Wood from companies certified according to FSC-STD-30-010 or FSC-STD-40-005.
o Controlled material included in the company'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. Please download the below documents for more information.


All comments and feedback must be received by Wednesday 9th August and can be sent to Leanne Tomlinson at leanne.tomlinson@austgum.com.au or 3/191 Chesterpass Road, Albany, WA 6330


Albany Plantation Export Company of Australia Pty Ltd (APEC): Due diligence system according to FSC-STD-40-005 (V3.0) EN. REQUIREMENTS FOR SOURCING FSC® CONTROLLED WOOD.

29th May 2017: APEC produces Hardwood woodchips for export. Supply for APEC ’s products comes from a variety of plantation sources. Some are local FSC certified and some are the local controlled material source. All wood sourced is plantation grown Eucalyptus globulus from the Australian state of Western Australia including all sub districts within state boundaries.

Suppliers fall into the following categories:

• FSC certified wood (see section 5.2).
• FSC Controlled Wood from companies certified according to FSC-STD-30-010 or FSC-STD-40-005.
• Controlled material included in the company'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.
Please see the attached letter for more information.


Albany Plantation Export Company of Australia Pty Ltd (APEC): Due diligence system according to FSC-STD-40-005 (V3.0) EN. REQUIREMENTS FOR SOURCING FSC® CONTROLLED WOOD.

26th May 2017: APEC produces Hardwood woodchips for export. Supply for APEC ’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 Eucalyptus globulus from the Australian state of Western Australia including all sub-districts within state boundaries.

Suppliers fall into the following categories:

• FSC certified wood (see section 5.2).
• FSC Controlled Wood from companies certified according to FSC-STD-30-010 or FSC-STD-40-005.
• Controlled material included in the company'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.

Please download the letter below for more details.


Notification of Pending FSC Controlled Wood Evaluation of PF Olsen

18th May 2017: PF Olsen is seeking Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood (CW) certification for new tracts of forest in both Western Australia and Tasmania. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organisation devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets standards that ensure forestry is practised in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way. FSC Controlled Wood standards ensure manufacturers and traders avoid unacceptable timber and timber products, including; illegally harvested wood; wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights; wood harvested in forests in which High Conservation Values[1] are threatened through management activities; wood harvested from conversion of natural forests; and wood harvested from areas where genetically modified trees are planted.

The field evaluation in Tasmania is scheduled to commence 14 June 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. A separate notification letter will be sent out specifically regarding the audit in Tasmania.

For more information download the letter below.


Southern Pacific Fibre Pty Ltd (SPF): Due diligence system according to FSC-STD-40-005 (V3.0) EN. REQUIREMENTS FOR SOURCING FSC® CONTROLLED WOOD.

16th May 2017: Southern Pacific Fibre Pty Ltd produces Hardwood woodchips for export. Supply for SPF’s products come from a variety of plantation sources. Some are local FSC certified and some are local controlled material source. All wood sourced is plantation grown Eucalyptus globulus from Western Australia including all sub-districts within these state boundaries.

Suppliers are all private woodlots supplying Controlled material included in the company'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.

Read the full public consultation document below.


The contact for stakeholder responses is:
Nat Landers Administration
Southern Pacific Fibre
E: info at spfibre.com point au
M: 0402 450 884
P: PO Box 675, Esperance WA 6450


Invitation to participate in stakeholder consultation: Timberlink Australia

16th May 2017: DNV GL has issued a certificate according to FSC® Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005) to Timberlink Australia. The standard covers PURCHASE of timber that is not FSC certified. It does NOT cover forest owners but the organisations that buy timber.

DNVGL is conducting an FSC controlled wood (CW) evaluation audit for wood harvested from third party suppliers in South West Victoria and East South Australia. As part of the evaluation, DNVGL is seeking stakeholder input regarding the relevance, effectiveness and adequacy of the Timberlink Australia Due Diligence System (DDS) to avoid material that is controversial. A copy may be obtained from the DNVGL Contact named in the document below.

DNV GL Business Assurance will conduct the audit during the last week of June 2017. This invitation to participate in stakeholder consultation is about the forestry in general in the geographical area: South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, Australia.


Evaluation of the South West Fibre Pty Ltd to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood

15th May 2017: As part of the evaluation to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 Requirements for Sourcing FSC
Controlled Wood, Global-Mark seeks stakeholder participation. Please supply your
comments by email to the contact listed in the letter attached.

South West Fibre Pty Ltd seeks Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] Chain of Custody [CoC] with Controlled Wood [CW] certification for their chip mill operations. Assessment will be against FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0. 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 Myamyn with field verification audits of a sample of Supply Units of the supply area in the week commencing Monday 26th June 2017.


Notification of Forico Pty Limited FSC Controlled Wood Verification Assessment

8th May 2016: Forico purchases plantation wood from third party suppliers throughout Tasmania. In accordance with the requirement of the FSC Controlled Wood standard (FSC-STD-40-005; V2-1), Forico carries out an Annex 3 verification program on all non-certified wood supply.

The Annex 3 process examines the measures applied to protect High Conservation Values (HCVs) known or likely to be present in forest areas where Forico has purchased wood. Field audits are conducted as part of the assessment process to assess compliance to key HCV criteria. To assist stakeholders to provide feedback, the Forico FSC Controlled Wood risk assessment, which includes a description of the Forico verification assessment program, is attached for reference.

Please provide feedback by the 16th June 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.
  • Stakeholders are also invited to contact FSC Australia to discuss the process and receive a copy of the relevant standard, contact info at au.fsc point org.

Timberland CW Consultation Notice

8th May 2017: Timberlink Australia Pty Ltd is a plantation pine sawmiller with mills at Bell Bay in Tasmania and Tarpeena in South Australia. We are conducting an assessment and verification process on supply as part of our program for controlled wood sources under FSC-STD-40-005.

A document describing our verification system is attached. Interested stakeholders should view this document and are invited to give comment/feedback by 20/06/2017. 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 by calling 03 6380 2969. 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 at au.fsc point org.


South West Fibre Pty Ltd – FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 Stakeholder Consultations

1st May 2017: 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 15th June 2017. Stakeholders may complete the stakeholder consultation form attached. Feedback should be sent to fscenquiries@southwestfibre.com.au.


ForestSmart® Controlled Wood

31st March 2017: PF Olsen Australia is developing a new service offering for small forest owners. We are working through the process to obtain certification to the FSC Controlled Wood Standard for Forest Management Enterprises (FSC-STD-30-010 (V2-0) EN). This will allow us to facilitate the sale of wood from private landowners into markets requiring FSC® certification.
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) will conduct an audit against the relevant standard soon.Certification verifies that PF Olsen Australia has the processes to avoid:

  • Harvesting illegal wood;
  • Harvesting in violation of traditional and civil rights;
  • Harvesting in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by harvesting activities;
  • Harvesting wood from areas converted from natural forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations;
  • Harvesting wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted

As part of the verification, SCS has asked us for a list of stakeholders interested in our operations. Please email ausinfo@pfolsen.com with the subject “Controlled Wood enquiry” if you would like SCS to contact you or would like someone from PF Olsen Australia to contact you with further information about this new service.


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