Wyke Smit, director of FSC Netherlands, states: 'We are proud that we have achieved a maximum score for all principles of the purchasing policy. This involves important issues such as preserving biodiversity and ensuring that Indigenous Peoples are properly involved in forest management. Our advice to governments and companies is to prescribe wood that meets at least all nine TPAC principles for sustainable forest management.’

FSC was assessed against the criteria for sustainable forest management, the supply chain, and requirements for maintaining a certification system. To gain insight into how the FSC standards work in practice, TPAC assessed four FSC country standards, namely Germany, Indonesia, Gabon and Sweden.

A TPAC reassessment of responsible forest management certification schemes takes place every five years. This is the second reassessment for FSC.

More information about the current state of affairs of the approved systems, as well as the public audit reports can be found via Assessments - TPAC (smk.nl).