The Great Resignation

About a year ago, we received a call from the quality manager at a large, FSC-certified manufacturer of sanitary wipes located in the US Southeast.  The caller was new in her position, having replaced the previous manager.  She was aware of a Chain of Custody program...

Some help with the new FSC AAF

We have been getting A LOT questions recently about the revision of the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) procedure for assessing annual fees from certified companies.  The Annual Administration Fee (AAF) is a long-standing mechanism that was updated last...

CoC updates for the New Year – 2022

Another New Year brings the familiar tradition of reflection.  A bit of looking back and a lot of looking forward.  The view out our office window looks like January usually does:  stark, cold, and stimulating. Turning the calendar to begin 2022, we find ourselves...

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...

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...

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...