Forestry Tasmania makes good progress towards FSC certification
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