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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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ADVICE-19: deeper analysis by a colleague

This post is an update to our last article, calling attention to a new and unwelcome policy decision from FSC.  In our usual style, we described the new document - “ADVICE-40-004-19” – in general terms and provided links to the original. Ulf Sonntag is a leading FSC expert from Germany and a trusted colleague of MixedWood.  Yesterday, he wrote to us, sharing his own analysis of Advice-19 - much deeper and more detailed than ours.  Please read it yourself and download using the link below to...

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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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