Pilot testing Type III group model
- To assess the feasibility of including forestry contractors into the FSC group certification framework.
- To identify impacts of this new solution to FSC certification processes.
- To provide input to the revision processes of FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups (FSC-STD-30-005) and Forest management evaluations (FSC-STD-20-007) respectively.
At the 2017 General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, the membership approved Motion 46 with a focus on developing new solutions, specifically the inclusion of forestry contractors into the FSC certification framework.
The Performance and Standards Unit presented a recommendation to FSC Board of Directors (BM 86) that explained that forestry contractors have been formally included as an optional element in the revised FM Groups standard which allows Group Entities to include contractors into the scope of FM/CoC group certificates. The potential use of existing forestry contractor certification schemes should be further explored as part of the revision of the normative documents that are related to the national standard setting and revision processes. The proposal was accepted.
The FSC Board also requested the provision of guidance and support for the uptake of the revised FM Groups standard. This will include specific projects with FSC network partners and regional offices. The uptake of the revised standard will be monitored and evaluated as well as how beneficial the possibility of including forestry contractors into the FM/CoC group certificates turns out to be.
The pilot test was extended one year, and its scope was broadened.
PSC recommended the extension of the pilot test to further explore the options included in the proposal
A discussion paper explaining the concept was open for a 30-days public consultation.