Forestry Tas­ma­nia makes good progress to­wards FSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

FORESTRY TAS­MA­NIA is meet­ing more than 90% of the in­di­ca­tors re­quired for FSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to an au­dit re­port. Forestry Tas­ma­nia’s CEO Steve White­ley wel­comed the pos­i­tive progress re­port and said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was well on the way to ad­dress­ing the re­main­ing is­sues.

“FSC For­est Man­age­ment cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is a com­plex process with more than 200 sep­a­rate in­di­ca­tors, and while we have cer­tainly made good progress in meet­ing the re­quire­ments, we recog­nise we still have some more work to do.

“We re­main strongly com­mit­ted to achiev­ing FSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and our people should be com­mended for their on­go­ing work and fo­cus to im­ple­ment the changes nec­es­sary to achieve it.”

FSC is a lead­ing global cer­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme that pro­motes re­spon­si­ble for­est man­age­ment world­wide and en­ables busi­nesses and con­sumers to make in­formed choices about the for­est prod­ucts they buy.

Mr White­ley said the Forestry Tas­ma­nia’s Board had recog­nised the sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic in­ter­est in Forestry Tas­ma­nia’s FSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion jour­ney and had there­fore taken the pro­gres­sive step of re­leas­ing the full au­dit re­port.

“FSC au­dit re­ports are typ­i­cally only made pub­licly avail­able once cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is achieved, how­ever in the in­ter­ests of open­ness and trans­parency we want our stake­hold­ers to be fully in­formed about the process we are un­der­tak­ing.

“Our stake­hold­ers and cus­tomers have pre­vi­ously in­di­cated that FSC For­est Man­age­ment cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is im­por­tant to them and it has there­fore been an im­por­tant pri­or­ity for Forestry Tas­ma­nia.

“I would like to thank all stake­hold­ers who have pro­vided in­put into the au­dit process, and en­cour­age on­go­ing con­sul­ta­tion as we con­tinue to re­fine and im­prove our sys­tems to achieve this stan­dard.

“These are com­plex is­sues to re­solve and we trust that all stake­hold­ers with an in­ter­est in Forestry Tas­ma­nia achiev­ing the best pos­si­ble bal­ance be­tween so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic out­comes will wel­come the work we have un­der­taken to date, and our on­go­ing com­mit­ment to achiev­ing FSC For­est Man­age­ment cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

Steve White­ley, CEO

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