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A Free 5-Minute Story From the Airport

Last week was a bit of a milestone for the staff here at MixedWood.  After 15 months of remote-only business, we made our first client visit since the start of the pandemic.  Working face-to-face has always been our preferred way of doing business.  We are consultants.  Our specialty is solving problems for our clients.  Finding simple solutions to complex business challenges.  This can be done at a distance, with documents, telephone calls, or video links.  But we have always done our best...

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Living in the Real World

When our third-party certification programs for forestry and forest-based products were invented about 25 years ago, they tested a promising and new idea.  The idea was to employ and leverage the powerful influence of markets and commerce for promoting and encouraging the responsible, sustainable use of the world’s forests.  In the beginning, it wasn’t clear whether this idea was any good or not.  We know now, of course.  It turned out to be a terrific idea.  Today FSC, PEFC, SFI are...

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Webinars on FSC CoC Labor requirements

We received another email from FSC-US' Policy and Standards forum, with information on a pair of webinars scheduled for late this month.  The webinars will be (we think) presented by staff from FSC-International in Bonn and are likely to provide an eye-opening perspective on the challenging ahead.  Please make time to attend, and share with others who might also have an interest. [pdf-embedder url="https://mxwood.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/FSC-US-CoC-Labor-Webinars.pdf" title="FSC-US CoC...

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Update from FSC-US on CoC Labor Requirements

The US affiliate of FSC maintains a Policy and Standards Forum to facilitate communication within the community of active practitioners and certifiers.  They posted a very well-written summary of the new CoC Labor Requirements that we wrote about last week.  It provides a good, brief, and objective view of the situation that we think deserves wider circulation.  We've posted a copy here. [pdf-embedder...

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New CoC Labor Requirements from FSC

After years of confused and dysfunctional debate, FSC seem to have finally reached a resolution to the question of whether to include Social Indicators in its Chain of Custody standard.  An announcement was released today by email from the Policy office in Bonn.  It includes links to the key documents which include the important details: FSC-STD-40-004 - the key Chain of Custody standard for certified companies FSC-STD-20-011 - the accreditation standard that sets auditing protocols for...

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This brief post is to update – one last time, we hope – the story we shared in September and October about FSC’s ill-considered policy decision about species documentation for Chain of Custody (CoC) companies.  Click here to read our original post on the subject.  Click here to read a much deeper and more detailed analysis by Ulf Sonntag, our colleague from Germany. The Forest Stewardship Council has a long and storied history of events like this.  A well-intentioned “improvement” is proposed...

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