Revision of FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups


FSC-STD-30-005 V1-1



Project Supervisor
Project Coordinator
Technical Coordinator
Start date

August 2018

End date

November 2020


To revise the Group Certification Standard to:

  • Update the standard content to align it with FSC normative documents and Global Strategic Plan;
  • Address concerns expressed by stakeholders, certificate holders and certification bodies;
  • Consider the inclusion of innovative mechanisms to optimize Group Certification;
  • Better include some stakeholder groups like small forest owners and communities in the standard.
Strategic alignment

At the 2017 General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, the membership approved Motion 46 that recommended the New Approaches project to conduct several pilot tests to assess the feasibility of different approaches that can improve uptake and maintenance of certification by small forest owners and communities.

Technical Working Group
  • Marie-Christine Fléchard (Soil Association)
  • Gabriel Bolton (NEPCon)
  • Victoria Rizo (2Tree Consultoria)
  • Matti Maajärvi (UPM-Kymmene Corporation)
  • Conceição Silva dos Santos ( UNAC – Mediterranean Forest Union)
  • Xiao Jianmin (Research Institute of Forestry Policy and Information, Chinese Academy of Forestry)
  • Yadira Molina (Fundacion MaderaVerde)


16 June 2020
First consultation report published
11 February 2020
Consultative Forum open
08 November 2019 – 10 January 2020
Draft 1 public consultation
25-28 June 2019
Second Technical Working Group in-person-meeting
19-22 February 2019
First Technical Working Group in-person meeting.
04 December 2018
Members of the Technical Working Group are announced.
17 September - 16 October 2018
Open call for stakeholders to join Technical Working Group to revise FSC Group Certification Standard.
07 August 2018
Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Technical Working Group approved by the Performance and Standards Unit.