To implement the new ILO criteria and indicators into chain-of-custody standards, several activities are scheduled between now and October 2020, including:

  • By 8 October 2018, we will launch a call for applications for the technical working group and consultative forum
  • Between September 2018 and January 2019, the ASI Social Competence Center will conduct a feasibility study to assess the impacts of introducing new requirements for certificate holders and FSC-accredited certification bodies. The study will also look into ways of strengthening workers’ rights in chain-of-custody certification
  • By early November 2018, we will establish a technical working group (TWG) and a consultative forum to develop accreditation requirements for FSC-STD-20-011 V4-0 EN FSC Chain of Custody Evaluations. The objective is to define how FSC-accredited certification bodies shall audit the ILO criteria and indicators in which is planned for publication Q1 2020
  • In May 2019, we will host the Labour Solutions Forum which is an opportunity for stakeholders to engage directly in this process and provide their feedback
  • Between April and October 2020, we will implement activities to ensure ILO criteria and indicators are successfully implemented into, including offering training for auditors, guidance materials for certificate holders and FSC-accredited certification bodies, and informational webinars that offer technical support.

FSC invites stakeholders to submit their comments about the relevance, importance, and any other considerations regarding this process to Evelin Fagundes dos Santos at

For more information about this process, please visit our project page.