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Untangling Tree Species: very unwelcome “ADVICE” from FSC

For the past several years, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has invested considerable effort and energy into communicating directly and forthrightly with their community of stakeholders.  At the core of this well-intentioned strategy has been its Global Strategic Plan (GSP), published in 2015 and promoted consistently to the present.  Here at MixedWood, we like the GSP, not least because it features objectives and values we share.  In particular, Strategy 1, which promises to “Streamline...

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One more look at FSC CoC Social indicators

We hope you found the time and attention to take a look at the latest proposal from FSC concerning the addition of labor rights criteria to their Chain of Custody standard.  If this subject is new to you, please take a look here at our last article on the subject.  You can also visit the original material online here. This remains an important concern for many in our network and has stimulated quite a lot of discussion and debate recently.  Among our correspondents, opinions seem to fall into...

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Revisiting: FSC CoC Social Indicators

We need to begin with an apology to our regular readers.  The article below was posted here in early March.  This was just before COVID19 turned our world upside down, so we suspect that many of you did not have much attention to spare.  Because the subject is important, we are repeating it here, with a few updates. We are watching an important new initiative by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) that promises to disrupt and complicate the Chain of Custody (CoC).  The proposal is to revise...

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SFI Standard Revision – almost out of time

Two weeks ago, we offered some general observations on the major revision that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is conducting of its family of standard documents.  This is an important process for a number of reasons.  If you are certified to any of the SFI standards, this revision will update the ‘ground rules’ that define your certification in the years ahead.  If you are certified to one of the other standards (FSC or PEFC), this is still important to you, because these programs...

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What is COVID19 doing to FSC, SFI, & PEFC?

One of our little consulting business' best features is the opportunity, over more than 12 years, to interact with the remarkable and diverse collection of colleagues, clients, and friends who share our interests.  Forest land management – where our roots run deep – is still an engaging and fascinating discipline.  But the business of wood product certification is far, far more diverse.  When we reflect on all connections that we have made, while helping folks with their certification...

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SFI Standard Revision – open comment period

A wise person once said that "the world is run by those who show up."  We agree and always encourage anyone with a stake in the forest product certification standards to make themselves heard when updates and revisions are on the table.  Most of the new opportunities for involvement have come from FSC and PEFC.  Today, however, we're writing about the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Program. If your company is certified or otherwise involved in the SFI program, you should be paying...

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