New FSC standards, frauds in certified products and blockchain technology, launch of NEPCon Sourcing Hub, new tools to support the timber sector… here are the most-read articles of the year in NEPCon's newsroom.
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FSC and NEPCon released the Interim National Standard of Kyrgyz Republic. This standard is the first of its kind not only for Kyrgyzstan but also for the whole region covering Caucasus, Central Asia, Moldova and Mongolia.
On 28 November 2017, Accreditation Services International (ASI) informed us that we have met the accreditation requirements for the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP).
Accreditation Services International (ASI) has published the following information on their webpage:
The never-ending conflict around the Białowieża forest has escalated to the level that it may challenge the certification of all state forests in Poland. It involves an injunction issued by the European Court of Justice, eurosceptic Polish authorities ignoring the injunction and very upset environmental groups trying to block the logging.
All products that are certified as being environmentally or socially responsible have to rely on a Chain of Custody system to keep track of products as they move along the supply chain. And all such systems are potentially open to fraud. Can blockchain, the much-talked about code behind Bitcoin, help keep these systems secure?
NEPCon invites stakeholders to provide feedback on our revised Policy of Association. The consultation will be open until 9 January 2018.
For the past year, FSC has been pilot testing its tools for valuing the conservation and restoration of forests, which will provide FSC-certified forest managers with additional and diversified revenue for the positive impact that their activities have – for instance – on biodiversity, carbon or water.
FSC has made very tangible steps forward on gender through its adoption – in 2015 – of Criterion 2.2 in the new FSC Principles and Criteria (P&C V5-2 EN); which commits FSC to promoting Gender Equality in its work. Criterion 2.2 is articulated through nine indicators designed to enhance the consistency of the implementation of gender equality in all standards of the FSC system.
In Tuesday’s FSC General Assembly programme were two sessions focusing on controlled wood (CW), including – in the morning – a session on the CW Strategy. This was organised as a ‘fish bowl’ event in which six speakers gave their personal thoughts about the future of controlled wood; with their contributions structured around several questions posed by the facilitator.
Monday morning’s session at the FSC General Assembly Can CBs deliver independent audits? raised important issues and described risks associated with FSC auditing; for example, increased price competition leading to undesirable outcomes such as less evaluation effort, softened non-conformity outcomes, and incentives to maintain audit relationships.