FSC Introduces New Okoume Transaction Verification

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July 28, 2020

The new round of transaction verification for okoume will cover FSC claims made between 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. The deadline for certificate holders to submit requested transaction verification data is 29 September 2020.

Certificate holders with okoume (Aucoumea klaineana Pierre) in their certificate scope are required to participate. They will receive a direct notification from their certification body by 29 August 2020 with further details on requirements.

FSC and its accreditation body Assurance Services International have been conducting transaction verification on supply chains with selected certificate holders since 2017. This action is a response to allegations of false claims within the FSC supply chains. False claims consist in selling a product that is not eligible to be sold as FSC certified with FSC claims on its sales documents.

Read more here about transaction verification and the data integrity of the information collected.

Okoume is a light and flexible wood mainly used to make plywood and top surface veneer in panelling and furniture. It is also processed in solid form for high-end items.