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Notification of FSC® Controlled Wood Evaluation Audit of Visy Pulp & Paper Pty Ltd Tumut Mill

5th April 2017: Scientific Certification Systems Inc. t/a SCS Global Services (SCS) is conducting a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) controlled wood (CW) evaluation audit of Visy Pulp & Paper Pty Ltd (Visy) (SCS-COC-003987) for wood harvested from third party softwood plantations in Central and South East New South Wales, ACT and North eastern Victoria. The audit will be conducted week commencing the 22nd of May 2017 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, Tumbarumba and Bombala regions of NSW and ACT.

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

For more information Download the Public Notification Letter below.


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.


Invitation to stakeholder consultation about the forestry in the Tasmanian region

22nd March 2017: DNV GL has issued a certificate according to FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005) to Forico. Thestandard covers PURCHASE of timber that is not FSC certified. It does NOT cover forest owners but theorganizations that buy timber.DNV GL Business Assurance will conduct the audit during the first week of May 2017.We need to get your comments at least 3 weeks before the start of the audit. This invitation toconsultation is about the forestry in general in the geographical area: Tasmania, Australia.

DNV GL Business Assurance wishes to get your comments on the forestry sector in this region, for some specific issues, see the questions below. Please see the document attached.


Stakeholder Consultation - Softwood Plantation Exporters (SPE)

18th March 2017: Softwood Plantation Exporters (SPE) is a dynamic joint venture between sawmilling company AKD Softwoods (AKD) and plantation grower HVP Plantations (HVP). Having been in operation since 1996, SPE operates from a static mill located at the Port of Geelong. Through the Port, SPE consistently and efficiently delivers high quality plantation woodchips to export customers throughout the year. SPE is currently certified under chain of custody and controlled wood standards and is now transitioning to version 3 of the controlled wood standard. The survey relates to planned supplies of plantation softwood material from Victoria and South Australia for the period of April 2017-April 2018.


SPE would appreciate relevant stakeholders to take time to complete this survey. Please complete the survey by 24th April 2017. Read the full details in the letter below.


Notification of FSC® Controlled Wood Evaluation Audit of Carter Holt Harvey Wood Products (Central & Northern Region) Pty Ltd

1st March 2017: Scientific Certification Systems Inc. t/a SCS Global Services (SCS) is conducting a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) controlled wood (CW) evaluation audit of Carter Holt Harvey Wood Products (Central & Northern Region) Pty Ltd (CHH) (SCS-COC-004912) for wood harvested from third party softwood plantations in Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia and Green Triangle Region of the South East of South Australia and South West Victoria. The audit will be conducted week commencing the 10th of April 2017 at the company office and saw mill in Mount Gambier, ship loading facility in Portland Victoria, three plantation harvest locations located in the Mounty Lofty Ranges and Mount Gambier in South Australia and South West Victoria and four saw mills in the supply chain to CHH.


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


Visy Pulp and Paper Pty Ltd - Controlled Wood Consultation Process

27th February 2017: Visy Pulp and Paper Pty Ltd (Tumut) is a paper manufacturing facility located in NSW. Visy procures fibre from softwood plantations and sawmills within NSW, ACT and Northern Victoria.

Visy is currently certified to FSC-STD-40-005 (v2-1), and FSC-STD-40-004 and will be assessed for FSC's latest standard Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood FSC-STD-40-005 (v3-0).

As a requirement of the FSC Standard, Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood, Visy seeks comment from interested and affected stakeholders who may have an interest in Visy's softwood procurement activities, the activities of its suppliers, or be directly affected by Visy's softwood procurement activities. Feedback is sought primarily on HCVs within the sourcing area, or in relation to Visy's prescribed control measures and risk designation.

Visy requests that all stakeholders read the Visy Controlled Wood Risk Assessment and Mitigation Plan 2017 and Visy Pulp and Paper DDS Process Summary. These documents can be downloaded on the Visy website.

Please complete the attached Stakeholder Response Template with comment/feedback by 14th April, 2017.

Feedback should be sent to Carlie Porteous carlie.porteous@visy.com.au. Please advise in your response if you do not consent to the publication of your comments.


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