FSC Australia - Survey on Stakeholder Engagement

Phil TaylorMeaningful stakeholder engagement is a key element in FSC’s approach to certification. Both FSC’s full forest management standard and its two controlled wood standards establish requirements for engaging affected and interested stakeholders in a number of processes. Similarly, FSC standards and procedures for Certification bodies conducting FSC audits also set out requirements for stakeholder consultation during assessments.

Full forest management certification is based on FSC’s 10 Principles for Responsible Forest Management
for more details: https://ic.fsc.org/principles-and-criteria.34.htm

The FSC Controlled Wood standards help FSC Chain of Custody (COC) certified companies avoid the use of unacceptable sources of wood in products carrying the FSC Mixed Sources label. Unacceptable sources include:
a) illegally harvested wood;
b) wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
c) wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities;
d) wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use; and
e) wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

For more details: https://ic.fsc.org/controlled-wood.40.htm

These survey questions are designed to get the views of those with an economic, social or environmental perspective. They will inform potential guidance and best-practise suggestions to be provided by FSC Australia. This work is especially important now as work progresses on a number of fronts, both here in Australia and internationally:

- Development of the FSC Australia – Forest Stewardship Standard (FSCA-FSS). Results of this process will be shared with the Standards Development Group as part of their consultation with stakeholders, experts and FSC Australia members.
- Introduction of new Controlled Wood standards – FSC International is currently revising and updating its two controlled wood standards FSC-STD-30-010 (FMU) and FSC-STD-40-005 (CoC). It is important that FSC Australia is in a place to support the role out and implementation to ensure confidence amongst certificate holders and stakeholders.
- National Risk Assessments – whilst Australia already has an NRA in place, this will need to be updated in time to align with FSC International’s updated policies. 

The guidance will be initially prepared by the Policy and Standards sub-committee of FSC Australia which has representation from economic, social and environmental chambers, with some expert advice.

The survey will take between 10 minutes and one hour, depending on how much detail you wish to provide.

In 2013 FSC Australia, in partnership with Dr Tim Cadman, conducted a survey about stakeholder engagement specific to Controlled Wood, upon which this one is based. Information gathered from that survey will be incorporated into the feedback received with this one. As such, you do not need to fill this out again if you participated previously. However, if you would like to fill out the survey again to incorporate more recent experiences please feel free to do so.

Link to Survey: http://goo.gl/forms/D4P4tdjFVC

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