AWI e-briefs - 01/22/2015 (Plain Text Version)

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Revision to the FSC Chain of Custody Standard

Nearly 29,000 companies (at latest count) are certified to the FSC Chain of Custody Standard.

To streamline the standard, incorporate the results of recent pilot projects, and include direction given by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) General Assembly, FSC has been reviewing and revising the Chain of Custody Standard (FSC-STD-40-004) over the past two years, with the help of the Chain of Custody Working Group.  Following delays in the process, the first public consultation has begun and the draft of the revised Chain of Custody Standard is now available for public review, FSC announced. Comments are due by February 28, 2015.

FSC U.S. has developed a Web page dedicated to the Chain of Custody Revision here. This page provides all relevant consultation documents and will be updated periodically throughout the public consultation, according to FSC. There will also be a second consultation period later in 2015.

To assist stakeholders during the consultation, FSC has provided a “crosswalk” that identifies the changes between the current Chain of Custody Standard and the revised draft. 

FSC also invites interested stakeholders to participate in a webinar to learn more about the first draft of the revised Chain of Custody Standard. Webinars will be available in English and Spanish, and have been scheduled to meet the needs of Certificate Holders globally. Check out the dates and times (Central Standard Time) here where you can also register.

For more information, visit the CoC Revision Web page.

Meanwhile, the FSC notes that its Online Claims Platform is a resource and voluntary toolto help companies comply with revised CoC standard. Details are available here.
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