The continuous improvement concept focuses on reducing the initial effort that FSC certification requires, by dividing the requirements into flexible steps. Smallholders and communities should then have an easier start in the FSC system and benefit from FSC certification from the beginning.

To include this concept into the policies of their organization, the FSC International Board of Directors approved the development of an international procedure. After a call for applications over December and January, FSC analyzed the applications received and chose the following technical working group members:


Name Country Company
Doralice Ortiz Colombia Aldea Global
Severinus Jembe Kenya Soil Association
Jens Kanstrup Denmark Forests of the World
Suphawadee Wilamart Thailand IKEA
Mateo Cariño Spain NEPCon
Oliver Bach Costa Rica Sustainable Agriculture Network


FSC established a Consultative Forum to discuss technical issues related to this process. This forum is open to any stakeholder and will regularly inform its members about the development process and consultations. If you would like to be part of the consultative forum, please fill in this form.

The continuous improvement procedure is being developed under the banner of FSC´s New Approaches for Smallholders and Communities Certification project.

If you would like to have more information about the continuous improvement procedure, please visit the process page or contact Rosario Galán, FSC New Approaches Manager, at