Audit Notifications & Stakeholder Consultation

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Forest Products Commission Western Australia (SA-CW/FM-004537) audit against the requirements of the FSC Controlled Wood Standard

In June 2019 Soil Association will carry out a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) assessment of forest management of for Forest Products Commission Western Australia (SA-CW/FM-004537) against the requirements of the FSC Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-030-010 v2-0).

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

To comment, please follow the link below to our feedback form and guidance.
https://www.soilassociation.org/certification/fore […]

The deadline for comments is 20th June 2019.


Southern Plantation Exporters Stakeholder Notification

This is an audit notification for a surveillance audit of Southern Plantation Exporters (SPE) during the week commencing on the 24th June, 2019.


Please make a submission to the consultation if you have any comments regarding this company and their sourcing of pine material from non-FSC certified sources via a due diligence system. Please see attached a letter explaining the consultation process.
Also attached is a public summary of relevant information. The completed public due diligence system will be available on the FSC database following the conclusion of the audit.

All comments are to be directed to Judy.Alexander at global-mark.com point au


Notification of WAPRES Combined FSC®/RW Forest Management, FSC®/RW CoC, FSC® Controlled Wood and ISO14001 2019 Audit

For your information as a stakeholder or potential stakeholder in WAPRES (WA Plantation Resources) operations, WAPRES would like to notify the following:
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) will soon be conducting an audit of WAPRES against the FSC® Forest Management, the FSC® Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood, RW Forest Management, the RW Chain of Custody and ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems standards.
Certification to the FSC® Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-40-005-V3-0-EN) verifies that WAPRES avoids:
• Illegally harvested wood
• Wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
• Wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities;
• Wood harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest uses
• Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted
Certification to the FSC® Chain of Custody Standard (FSC-STD-40-004 V2-1 EN) verifies production and source of the products . The main objective of the Chain of Custody certification is to ensure that material from FSC® certified and controlled wood forests can be tracked from harvest to distribution.
Certification to the FSC Forest Management Standard (FSC-STD-AUS-01-2018 EN) verifies that WAPRES adheres to the FSC® Australia 10 Principles and Criteria:
• Principle 1: Compliance with Laws
The Organization shall comply with all applicable laws; regulations and nationally- ratified international treaties, conventions and agreements.
• Principle 2: Workers Rights and Employment Conditions
The Organization shall maintain or enhance the social and economic wellbeing of workers.
• Principle 3: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
The Organization shall identify and uphold indigenous peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use and management of land, territories and resources affected by management activities
• Principle 4: Community Relations
The Organization shall contribute to maintaining or enhancing the social and economic wellbeing of local communities.
• Principle 5: Benefits from the Forest
The Organization shall efficiently manage the range of multiple products and services of the Management Unit to maintain or enhance long-term economic viability and the range of environmental and social benefits
• Principle 6: Environmental Values and Impacts
The Organization shall maintain, conserve and/or restore ecosystem services and environmental values of the Management Unit, and shall avoid, repair or mitigate negative environmental impacts.
• Principle 7: Management Planning
The Organization shall have a management plan consistent with its policies and objectives and proportionate to scale, intensity and risks of its management activities. The management plan shall be implemented and kept up to date based on monitoring information in order to promote adaptive management. The associated planning and procedural documentation shall be sufficient to guide staff, inform affected stakeholders and interested stakeholders and to justify management decisions.
• Principle 8: Monitoring and Assessment
The Organization shall demonstrate that, progress towards achieving the management objectives, the impacts of management activities and the condition of the Management Unit, are monitored and evaluated proportionate to the scale, intensity and risk of management activities, in order to implement adaptive management.
• Principle 9: High Conservation Values
The Organization shall maintain and/or enhance the High Conservation Values in the Management Unit through applying the precautionary approach.
• Principle 10: Implementation of Management Activities
Management activities conducted by or for The Organization for the Management Unit shall be selected and implemented consistent with The Organization’s economic, environmental and social policies and objectives and in compliance with the Principles and Criteria collectively.
The audits will include review of a selection of external plantations where WAPRES has sourced wood from privately owned or non-certified sources within the South West of Western Australia over the past 12 months prior to the audit.
Certification to the RW Forest Management Standard (AS 4708) and the RW Chain of Custody for Forest Products (AS 4707) verifies that WAPRES meets requirements for Responsible Wood in Australia, and is internationally recognised through the PEFC.
Certification to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System verifies that WAPRES complies with the criteria for an environmental management system and can provide assurance to company management, employees and external stakeholders that environmental impacts are being measured and improved.

Further information can be found at WAPRES www.wapres.com.au, FSC® Australia https://au.fsc.org/, Responsible Wood Australia https://www.responsiblewood.org.au/ and ISO https://www.iso.org/iso-14001-environmental-manage […]


The audit will commence on the week Monday the 1st of July 2019.

Stakeholder engagement and input is an important component of the audit process.

Please direct any feedback to the auditors
Graeme Lea; graeme.lea at ftcg.com point au
Tuesday Phelan; tuesdayphelan at gmail point com
And Nick Capobianco; nick at greenmarketing.net point au
Or alternatively queries can be sent to WAPRES at management.systems at wapres.com point au who will then forward to the appropriate auditor.


Plantation Management Partners CoC and CW stakeholder consultation

Seeking Comment from Interested Stakeholders

Plantation Management Partners Pty Ltd is a plantation woodchip and log processor and exporter.
PMP’s processing facility is located on Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia. Plantation woodchips and logs are exported through Port Melville.

PMP is seeking certification to the FSC Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood standards (FSC-STD-40-004 & FSC-STD-40-005).

PMP purchase plantation wood exclusively from the Tiwi Plantations Corporation Pty Ltd, trustee for the Tiwi Islander landowner groups on Melville Island.

We invite stakeholders that are involved with or have an interest in PMP’s plantation wood supply to offer comment or feedback to PMP in relation to PMP’s processes for ensuring High Conservation Values (HCVs) such as biodiversity, forest ecosystem health, soil and water, cultural and heritage values are identified and protected.

A public briefing notice and links to relevant documentation is attached. Stakeholders are invited to give comment/feedback by 28th June 2019. Stakeholders may complete the stakeholder consultation form attached. Feedback should be sent to forestmanagementenquiries@plantationpartners.com.au.


Consultation - Karri Forest Management Plan KFMP and HCV assessment 2019

Reminder – your opportunity to comment by Tuesday 4 June 2019.

Thank you to those who have already provided input.

We are writing to let you know that the Forest Products Commission (FPC) has recently reviewed and updated our 2018 versions of the Karri forest management plan (KFMP) and Karri forest HCV assessment (HCV assessment). These documents have been developed to meet the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-30-010; FSC-C120630) and the associated FSC Australia’s High Conservation Values (HCVs) evaluation framework.

The FPC has obtained FSC Controlled Wood Standard certification (the FPC’s Licence Code: FSC-C120630 and Certificate Code: SA-CW/FM-004537) for timber sourced from pure and mixed karri forest areas for harvesting under the Conservation and Parks Commission’s Forest Management Plan 2014-2023.

Our next external audit is a recertification audit and is proposed to be scheduled for late June 2019.

Routine updates to the KFMP and HCV assessment have been made considering new information and previous feedback from stakeholders. These documents and a summary of changes document are available on our website.

Procedure 46 Targeted fauna surveys within pure and mixed karri forest has been updated and the revised version is available on our website.
Other documents relevant to the management of karri forest are located on our website under References and Resources.

Have your say
We are currently seeking feedback on our KFMP, HCV assessment and management of karri forest by Tuesday 4 June 2019. We encourage those who wish to comment to view the information available on our website. The information includes the May 2019 version of the KFMP, HCV assessment and a summary for each document outlining changes that have been made since June 2018.
Information is available on our website through the following link:

http://www.fpc.wa.gov.au/karriforestmanagementplan

On our website you will find the link to an online feedback form, which will remain open until Tuesday 4 June 2019. The direct link to this form is available here:
https://forms.gle/7zyS8Z8q8EdmM2Ls6

We prefer comments to be received using our online feedback form. However, you are also welcome to contact us by phone, email, post or request a face to face meeting. Please refer to the contact details at the bottom of this invitation. Note that you are welcome to provide feedback at any time, but providing comment by Tuesday 4 June 2019 will enable us to consider your views prior to our next external audit.
If you wish for your details to remain private, please indicate this. If you do not explicitly request that your feedback remains private it may be published (along with your name).
Your feedback
Your feedback will be considered for future revisions of our KFMP and HCV assessment. Please note that we appreciate that comments made to us take time and we will respond to you with information on how your feedback has been considered.

Email: certification at fpc.wa.gov point au
Phone: (08) 9363 4600
Post:
Forest Products Commission
Locked Bag 888
Perth Business Centre
Western Australia 6849


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

Controlled wood risk assessment
FSC Australia undertook a risk assessment to determine which areas in Australia and for which controlled wood categories where high risk (termed ‘unspecified risk’) exists. The risk assessment can be found here.

The risk assessment determined unspecified risk for category 3- threats to high conservation values from management activities for all bioregions of Australia. Where there is unspecified risk, Timberlink Australia must implement control measures to mitigate this risk.

Timberlink Australia risk control measures for protection of HCV
Timberlink Australia is implementing a range of control measures for category 3 -threats to HCVs from management activities. The relevant management activity is pine plantation harvesting from Tasmania, South Australia, and Victoria for Timberlink Australia’s non-FSC suppliers.

This stakeholder consultation is one control measure. The other control measures include supplier system audits for identifying HCVs, and field audits to confirm a strong system of control for HCVs at the forest level. Timberlink also have a system in place for identifying HCVs for small suppliers that may not have the resources to do this effectively.

For the determination of a strong system of control for HVC the FSC Australia guidelines have been used. http://au.fsc.org/download.high-conservation-value […] In addition, all applicable and current FSC International advice notes are followed.

Stakeholders are asked to provide feedback on the findings of Timberlink Australia’s supplier system and field audits, specifically do stakeholders agree that the material from our suppliers can be used as controlled material? Do stakeholders feel additional controls are required? Do stakeholders have specific comments regarding the supplier?

Stakeholders can provide comment via email to: Trevor.Innes at timberlinkaustralia.com point au

Comments and feedback must be made by the 21st June 2019.

Please include whether you consent to your comments being made public (comments will be presented anonymously).


Consultation - Karri Forest Management Plan KFMP and HCV assessment May 2019

We are writing to let you know that the Forest Products Commission (FPC) has recently reviewed and updated our 2018 versions of the Karri forest management plan (KFMP) and Karri forest HCV assessment (HCV assessment). These documents have been developed to meet the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-30-010; FSC-C120630) and the associated FSC Australia’s High Conservation Values (HCVs) evaluation framework.


The FPC has obtained FSC® Controlled Wood Standard certification (the FPC’s Licence Code: FSC-C120630 and Certificate Code: SA-CW/FM-004537) for timber sourced from pure and mixed karri forest areas for harvesting under the Conservation and Parks Commission’s Forest Management Plan 2014-2023.


Our next external audit will be a recertification audit and is proposed to be scheduled for late June 2019.

Routine updates to the KFMP and HCV assessment have been made considering new information and previous feedback from stakeholders. These documents and associated summary of changes are available on our website.
Procedure 46 Targeted fauna surveys within pure and mixed karri forest has been updated and the revised version is available on our website.
Other documents relevant to the management of karri forest are located on our website under References and Resources.



Have your say


We are currently seeking feedback on our KFMP, HCV assessment and management of karri forest by Tuesday 4 June 2019. We encourage those who wish to comment to view the information available on our website. The information includes the May 2019 versions of the KFMP, HCV assessment and a summary for each document outlining changes that have been made since June 2018.

Information is available on our website through the following link:

http://www.fpc.wa.gov.au/karriforestmanagementplan

On our website you will find the link to an online feedback form, which will remain open until Tuesday 4 June 2019. The direct link to this form is available here:
https://forms.gle/7zyS8Z8q8EdmM2Ls6


We prefer comments to be received using our online feedback form. However, you are also welcome to contact us by phone, email, post or request a face to face meeting. Please refer to the contact details at the bottom of this invitation. Note that you are welcome to provide feedback at any time, but providing comment by Tuesday 4 June 2019 will enable us to consider your views prior to our next external audit.

If you wish for your details to remain private, please indicate this. If you do not explicitly request that your feedback remains private it may be published (along with your name).

Your feedback


Your feedback will be considered for future revisions of our KFMP and HCV assessment. Please note that we appreciate that comments made to us take time and we will respond to you with information on how your feedback has been considered.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to any other individuals or organisations whom you believe would like to comment.


Forico Due Diligence System, controlled wood, stakeholder consultation May 2019

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.

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)).

Interested stakeholders are invited to view the attached documents and complete the attached feedback form by 24 June 2019, either:
· through written submissions: Address to the Sustainability Manager, PO Box 5316, Launceston 7250;
· personal presentation to the Sustainability Manager: 16 Techno Park Drive, Launceston;
· via email: forico at forico.com point au; or
· if you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Sustainability 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). Stakeholders are also invited to contact FSC Australia to discuss the process (info@au.fsc.org), the relevant standard (Requirements for sourcing controlled wood (FSC-STD-40-005 (V 3.1)) can be found in the FSC Document Centre (https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/170)


Notification of intent to audit Visy Industries Australia Pty Ltd Tumut Mill against FSC® Chain of Custody Controlled Wood Standard FSC-STD-40-005 v3.1

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) requires that a certification body conducting an audit of a certified organization or applicant must consult stakeholders whenever the audit includes intent to source and use uncertified material in an FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) program according to the requirements in FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 “Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood”. Therefore, SCS Global Services (SCS) is seeking input from interested and directly affected stakeholders regarding the relevance, effectiveness, and/or adequacy of Visy Industries Australia Pty Ltd Due Diligence System (DDS).

An explanation of ‘FSC Controlled Wood’, as well as a copy of FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1, is available here:
https://ic.fsc.org/en/certification/types-of-certi […] ; a copy of this standard is also available from SCS upon request.

Due Diligence Systems are required for certified organizations in order to avoid the sourcing and use of material originating from unacceptable sources in their FSC CoC program.

Directly affected stakeholders include any person, group of persons, or entity that is, with high probability, subject to the effects of the activities related to an organizations' controlled wood sourcing program, including the activities of their suppliers and sub-suppliers, as well as those who influence risk identified through the organization’s Due Diligence System.

This letter serves as SCS’ invitation to directly affected stakeholders to participate in our consultation process. This letter also serves as SCS’ public notification for any interested stakeholders, who are also invited to participate in the consultation process. Participation in this stakeholder consultation process is voluntary; stakeholders are not required to submit comments

Scope of audit and audit details:
The audit will assess the conformity of the organization’s controlled wood program – including Risk Assessment(s) and DDS – according to the certification requirements as per FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0.

The company’s DDS Public Summary and Risk Assessment (excluding confidential information), as well as any other information or documents deemed relevant for the purpose of this stakeholder consultation, are included as appendices to this letter—see below. For a list of the information that is required to be publically available for stakeholder consultation by SCS, see FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0, Section 6.

The audit will take place the week beginning Monday 17th of June 2019 at the Visy 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.

Options for participation and provision of comments:

SCS is seeking comments on the controlled wood source of Visy Industries Australia 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.

A summary of the stakeholder consultation and comments received will be made publically available on the FSC certificate database, as per FSC-STD-20-011 V4-0. Verbatim comments will only by published with prior consent from the stakeholder and will not be associated with stakeholder names.

Note that, while SCS is required to evaluate all information and comments objectively, SCS certification decisions are affected by stakeholder comments only insofar as the comments provide evidence of conformity or nonconformity to the applicable requirements.

Within 30 days of making our certification decision, SCS will respond to all stakeholders who provided comments to explain how their comments were taken into account.
More information about FSC and SCS can be found on our respective websites: www.fsc.org and www.scsglobalservices.com.

Evaluation Team
Mr. Graeme Lea – SCS FM, CW and COC Senior Lead Auditor.

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

Please Contact Us
Mr. Graeme Lea, SCS Senior Lead Auditor
Tel (61) 401 299 608
Graeme@ftcg.com.au


Mr. Nick Capobianco, SCS Australian & NZ Representative
Tel (61) 3-5962-6852
NCapobianco@scsglobalservices.com
P.O. Box 499 Healesville, Victoria 3777 Australia
Fax (61) 3-8648-6851


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

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 21st June 2019. Stakeholders may complete the stakeholder consultation form attached. Feedback should be sent to fscenquiries at southwestfibre.com point au.


Notification of Planned FSC Certification Evaluation of Sustainable Timber Tasmania

Summary: As part of an upcoming Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) certification evaluation, SCS is currently seeking stakeholder input regarding the forest management program and practices of Sustainable Timber Tasmania. Please comment via email or contact our offices (contact information below).

In pursuit of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) endorsed forest management certification, Sustainable Timber Tasmania will be undergoing an audit on the full weeks of 20 and 27 May 2019. The audit will be conducted by SCS Global Services, a FSC-accredited certification body. The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) is a Tasmanian Government Business Enterprise responsible for sustainably managing public production forest (Permanent Timber Production Zone land) and undertaking forest operations for the production and sale of forest products from these forests.

The 812 000 ha PTPZ land is approximately 12% of the Tasmanian land area. PTPZ land includes 375,000 ha of native forest that is available for wood production. It also includes 120,000 ha that contributes to Tasmania's Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative Reserve system and a further 200,000 ha of non-production forest. STT manages 28,000 ha of plantation, comprising both hardwood eucalypts and softwood.STT is seeking FSC certification for approximately 713,000 ha, the remaining PTPZ land area is managed either by third parties or is not eligible for FSC Forest Management certification due to its plantation conversion history.

Scope and Certification Evaluation Process
SCS Global Services (SCS), an FSC-accredited certification body based in California, will conduct this FSC Main Evaluation.

Performance will be evaluated against the The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of Australia (v1-0; 2018). A copy of the standard is attached to this message.

The evaluation process includes the following components:
Public notification: distribution of the standard and solicitation of comments on the certification applicant; Audit planning and document review;
• Field assessment: A representative sample of field sites and operations within the defined forest area are inspected by a team of auditors;
• Stakeholder consultation is carried out prior to and during the field assessment;
• Synthesis of findings: conformity to the standard is ascertained and the certification decision is formulated;
• Reporting: a draft report describing the evaluation process, findings, and certification decision is produced;
• Peer review: the draft evaluation report is peer reviewed by 2 independent natural resource professionals;
• Finalization of the report and conveyance to the SCS Certification Committee for the final certification decision;
• Certification decision: the final report and certification decision is conveyed to the applicant; a public summary of the certification report is released if certification is awarded.

Call for Public Participation
SCS is seeking comments on the forest management of Sustainable Timber Tasmania or other topics pertinent to their seeking FSC certification, such as whether Sustainable Timber Tasmania 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 at scsglobalservices point 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 20 May 2019. 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 Sustainable Timber Tasmania can be found at https://www.sttas.com.au/.

Please Contact Us
Robert Hrubes, FSC Lead Auditor
Brendan Grad, 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


Australian Bluegum Plantations, Plantation Management Plan open for feedback

Australian Bluegum Plantations (ABP) is inviting interested stakeholders to provide feedback and comments on our Plantation Management Plan, which is attached. ABP is particularly seeking feedback on whether the plan is adequate to manage the social and environmental impacts of their operations. If you would like to view any of the documents referenced in the plan please contact Leanne Tomlinson on the details below.

All comments and feedback should be received by Thursday 16th May 2019 via phone or email to Leanne Tomlinson on 04 29 095 980.


Notification of intent to audit OneFortyOne Wood Products Pty Ltd against FSC® Chain of Custody Controlled Wood Standard FSC-STD-40-005 v3.1

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) requires that a certification body conducting an audit of a certified organization or applicant must consult stakeholders whenever the audit includes intent to source and use uncertified material in an FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) program according to the requirements in FSC-STD- 40-005 V3-1 “Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood”.

Therefore, SCS Global Services (SCS) is seeking input from interested and directly affected stakeholders regarding the relevance, effectiveness, and/or adequacy of OneFortyOne Wood Products Pty Ltd Due Diligence System (DDS).

An explanation of ‘FSC Controlled Wood’, as well as a copy of FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1, is available here: https://ic.fsc.org/en/certification/types-of-certi […] ; a copy of this standard is also available from SCS upon request.

Due Diligence Systems are required for certified organizations in order to avoid the sourcing and use of material originating from unacceptable sources in their FSC CoC program.Directly affected stakeholders include any person, group of persons, or entity that is, with high probability, subject to the effects of the activities related to an organizations' controlled wood sourcing
program, including the activities of their suppliers and sub-suppliers, as well as those who influence risk identified through the organization’s Due Diligence System.
This letter serves as SCS’ invitation to directly affected stakeholders to participate in our consultation process. This letter also serves as SCS’ public notification for any interested stakeholders, who are also invited to participate in the consultation process. Participation in this stakeholder consultation process is voluntary; stakeholders are not required to submit comments

Scope of audit and audit details:The audit will assess the conformity of the organization’s controlled wood program – including Risk Assessment(s) and DDS – according to the certification requirements as per FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0.
The company’s DDS Public Summary and Risk Assessment (excluding confidential information), as well as any other information or documents deemed relevant for the purpose of this stakeholder consultation, are included as appendices to this letter—see below. For a list of the information that is required to be publiclly available for stakeholder consultation by SCS, see FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0, Section 6.

The audit will take place beginning Tuesday 30th of April 2019 at the company’s office and sawmill located at Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier, South Australia, ship loading facility in Portland Victoria, three plantation harvest locations located around Mount Gambier in South Australia and South West Victoria and uncertified saw mills in the supply chain to OFO.

Options for participation and provision of comments:
SCS is seeking comments on the controlled wood source of OneFortyOne Wood Products 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.
A summary of the stakeholder consultation and comments received will be made publically available on the FSC certificate database, as per FSC-STD-20-011 V4-0. Verbatim comments will only by published with prior consent from the stakeholder and will not be associated with stakeholder names.
Note that, while SCS is required to evaluate all information and comments objectively, SCS certification decisions are affected by stakeholder comments only insofar as the comments provide evidence of conformity or nonconformity to the applicable requirements.
Within 30 days of making our certification decision, SCS will respond to all stakeholders who provided comments to explain how their comments were taken into account.
More information about FSC and SCS can be found on our respective websites: www.fsc.org and www.scsglobalservices.com.

Evaluation Team
Mr. Graeme Lea – SCS FM, CW and COC Senior Lead Auditor.
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

Please contact us
Graeme Lea, FSC Lead Auditor
Brendan Grady, SCS Director of Forest Management
2000 Powell St, Suite 600; Emeryville CA 94608, USA
Tel (61) 401 299 608
Graeme@ftcg.com.au

Nick Capobianco
SCS Australian & NZ Representative
Tel (61) 3-5962-6852
NCapobianco@scsglobalservices.com


P.O. Box 499 Healesville, Victoria 3777 Australia

Fax (61) 3-8648-6851

For more information please see the attached document


Notification of Planned FSC Recertification Evaluation of Australian Bluegum Plantations

As part of an upcoming Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) recertification evaluation, SCS is currently seeking stakeholder input regarding the forest management program and practices of Australian Bluegum Plantations. Please comment via email or contact our offices (contact information below).

In pursuit of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) endorsed forest management recertification, Australian Bluegum Plantations will be undergoing an audit in May and June, 2019. The audit will be conducted by SCS Global Services, a FSC-accredited certification body. The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.

Australian Bluegum Plantations (ABP) is a forestry business created in 2009 by Global Forest Partners (GFP) to acquire, manage, and harvest Eucalyptus globulus (Tasmanian blue gum) plantations in Victoria (Vic), South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA). Plantations are grown on short rotation cycles (usually 10-15 years) predominantly for the woodchip market to be exported and manufactured into high quality pulp for paper products and rayon. The ABP forest estate consists of plantations growing on ABP owned land, leased land and external plantations managed by ABP under a management agreement. It is divided into two operating regions: The Green Triangle (Vic and SA) and Albany (WA). The total plantation area as of 31 December 2018 is 95,177 hectares.

Scope and Certification Evaluation Process

SCS Global Services (SCS), a FSC-accredited certification body based in California, will conduct this FSC Main Evaluation.

Performance will be evaluated against the FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of Australia (v1-0; 2018). A copy of the standard is attached to this email, for reference.

The evaluation process includes the following components:

  • Public notification: distribution of the standard and solicitation of comments on the certification applicant; Audit planning and document review;
  • Field assessment: A representative sample of field sites and operations within the defined forest area are inspected by a team of auditors;
  • Stakeholder consultation is carried out prior to and during the field assessment;
  • Synthesis of findings: conformity to the standard is ascertained and the certification decision is formulated;
  • Reporting: a draft report describing the evaluation process, findings, and certification decision is produced;
  • Finalization of the report and conveyance to the SCS Certification Committee for the final certification decision;
  • Certification decision: the final report and certification decision is conveyed to the applicant; a public summary of the certification report is released if certification is awarded.

Call for Public Participation

SCS is seeking comments on the forest management of Australian Bluegum Plantations or other topics pertinent to their seeking FSC certification, such as whether Australian Bluegum Plantations complies with the legal, social, technical, and environmental requirements of the standard or identification of high conservation value forests within its managed lands. Comments can be submitted via email to FSCConsultation at scsglobalservices point 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 6 May 2019. 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 Australian Bluegum Plantations can be found at http://www.austgum.com.au/.

Please Contact Us
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


Visy controlled wood stakeholder engagement

Visy Pulp and Paper Pty Ltd (Visy) manufactures quality Kraft Liner from the facility located in Tumut, NSW. Visy is committed to ensuring wood sourced for its operations meets responsible sourcing requirements and is extending an invitation for interested and affected stakeholders to comment.

Visy will be undergoing its annual surveillance audit for FSC Controlled Wood and Chain of Custody for compliance with the FSC Standard Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood. This audit is scheduled to take place mid - June 2019.

As a valued stakeholder, Visy invites your comment on the control measures documented in the Visy Controlled Wood Risk Assessment and Mitigation Plan available on Visy's website.

Please select the Stakeholder Response Survey to leave a comment.

Feedback will be received until the end of 2019.


Evaluation of Alpine MDF to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood

This is an audit notification for a surveillance audit of Alpine MDF on the 20, 21st and 22nd of March 2019.

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 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 provide comments confidentially, there is the opportunity to contact Global-Mark using the contact number listed below.

Details: The organisation named above is being audited against the Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] Chain of Custody [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/standards

The audit will take place at the organisation’s office in Wangaratta with field verification audits of a sample of Supply Units of the supply area in the week commencing 20th March 2019.
The organisation is required to maintain a risk mitigation process, which must include stakeholder consultation and possible field verifications as control measures in relation to High Conservation Values related to the supply area.

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, and to verify that stakeholder consultation has been undertaken. This may occur before, during and after the field assessment, and prior to our completion of the audit report.

Access to information that is to be publically available will be available from Https://au.fsc.org and attached to this letter. Fundamental to this will be the Due Diligence System [DDS] summarised for stakeholders. This will include description of supply areas, risk designation and assessment, and the procedure for filing complaints.

We wish to inform all stakeholders that:

  • Should you provide comments then we ask that you consent for their publication.
  • However, we do provide you with the opportunity to comment in confidence.
  • All comments provided will be evaluated objectively and meaningfully.
  • We will respond with explanation within 30 days of the certification decision.
  • An interpretation service is available for non-English speaking stakeholders. Please contact Global-Mark for further information.

For more information: Should you require more information about FSC then please go to: www.fsc.org
Global-Mark Pty Ltd is accredited as a certification body to conduct FSC chain of custody certification. It is based in Sydney, Australia and its website is www.global-mark.com.au

Contact details:
Global-Mark address: Suite 4.07, 32 Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113
Phone: +61 2 9886 0222 Fax: +61 2 9886 0200



Auditors: Judy Alexander and Wayne Tibbits
All comments are to be directed to Judy.Alexander at global-mark.com point au


FSC Controlled Wood Stakeholder Consultation OneFortyOne Wood Products Pty Ltd

OneFortyOne Wood Products Pty Ltd has certification to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard FSC-STD-40-005-V3.1 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 at onefortyone point com or fax 08 87212856.

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 15th March 2019.


Audit notification: Pentarch Forestry, Evaluation of the ‘organisation’ to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for sourcing controlled wood

To: Directly affected stakeholders and interested parties

From: Global-Mark Pty Ltd
Subject: Evaluation of the ‘organisation’ to FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 Requirements for sourcing controlled wood

‘Organisation’: Pentarch Forestry

Outline: 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 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 provide comments confidentially, there is the opportunity to contact Global-Mark using the contact number listed below.

Details: The organisation named above seeks Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] Chain of Custody [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/standards
The audit will take place at the organisation’s office in Eden with field verification audits of a sample of Supply Units of the supply area in the week commencing 23rd January 2019.

The organisation is required to maintain a risk mitigation process, which must include stakeholder consultation and possible field verifications as control measures in relation to High Conservation Values related to the supply area.

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, and to verify that stakeholder consultation has been undertaken. This may occur before, during and after the field assessment, and prior to our completion of the audit report.
Access to information that is to be publically available will be available from Https://au.fsc.org and attached to this letter. Fundamental to this will be the Due Diligence System [DDS] summarised for stakeholders. This will include description of supply areas, risk designation and assessment, and the procedure for filing complaints.
We wish to inform all stakeholders that:

• Should you provide comments then we ask that you consent for their anonymous publication.
• However, we do provide you with the opportunity to comment in confidence.
• All comments provided will be evaluated objectively and meaningfully.
• We will respond with explanation within 30 days of the certification decision.
• An interpretation service is available for non-English speaking stakeholders. Please contact Global-Mark for further information.

For more information: Should you require more information about FSC then please go to: www.fsc.org
Global-Mark Pty Ltd is accredited as a certification body to conduct FSC chain of custody certification. It is based in Sydney, Australia and its website is: www.global-mark.com.au

Contact details:

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
We thank you for your involvement.
With kind regards.


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