Policy and Standards Committee

The FSC Board of Directors (BoD) established the Policy and Standards Committee (PSC) in order to streamline, facilitate and accelerate decision-making processes in relation to normative FSC documents.

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Policy and Standards Committee

Sean Cadman

Sean Cadman

Environmental North

Lineu Siqueira Junior

Lineu Siqueira Junior

Economic South

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Peggy Smith

Social North

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Karin Faellman

Economic North

jeanette clark

Jeanette Clark

Social South

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Georges Belmond Tchoumba

Environmental South

Alan Thorne

Alan Thorne

Board Liaison

Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris

Independent Chair

Role

The PSC acts on behalf of, and makes recommendations for decisions to, the BoD with respect to all technical matters related to the development or revision of FSC Policies, Standards, Procedures and other normative documents. The PSC is further mandated to take approval decisions on national standards developed by national standard development groups.

In addition, the PSC provides guidance and advice to the FSC Performance and Standard Unit (PSU) on which ‘direction’ to take with a policy or standards issue in particular (e.g. policy and standards interpretations) or in general (e.g. on position or discussion papers).

The PSC is accountable to the BoD. All decisions taken by the PSC, except for approval of forest stewardship standards, are considered as recommendations to the BoD, and have to be reported to and confirmed by the BoD. The PSC submits an annual report to the BoD, which includes a self-assessment of PSC’s work.

Structure

The PSC consists of six FSC members, one from each sub-chamber, which are selected by the BoD based on an application process open to all FSC members. The term of PSC members is four years and can be renewed for one additional period.

A neutral non-voting chair can be appointed by the Board who operates on a two-year term which can be regularly extended.

When requested by the BoD, the PSC may identify members to serve in the roles of advisor or liaison persons to relevant normative processes.

Documents

Terms of Reference

FSC Board of Directors – Policy and Standards Committee (PSC) “V5-0”
Approved by the FSC Board of Directors – 20 November 2020

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Approval of Forest Stewardship Standards FSC-PRO-10-606

Approval of Forest Stewardship Standards, Procedure (PRO), V(2-1)
The objective of this document is to provide a procedure for the FSC Policy and Standards Committee (PSC) to ensure a consistent decision making process for the approval of Forest Stewardship Standards (FSS).

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