New FSC standard strengthens chain of custody social requirements

13. July 2011
On 21 June 2011, FSC published a new version of the Chain of Custody (CoC) certification standard (FSC-STD-40-004 V2-1) which explicitly incorporates the social requirements of the Policy for the Association of Organizations with FSC. The standard also makes a clear reference to occupational health and safety. FSC is the world’s first forest certification system that requires certificate holders to respect social, health and safety requirements based on the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998). This is laid out in the “Policy for the Association of Organizations with FSC” (FSC-POL-01-004) which was approved by the FSC Board of Directors in July 2009.

According to the revised CoC standard, certificate holders shall declare their commitment to occupational health and safety and that they are not involved in the violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions. Through the explicit incorporation of these requirements, FSC aims to highlight the respect of workers’ rights throughout the supply chain.

In addition, certificate holders shall also declare that they are not directly or indirectly involved in illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products, the violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations, the destruction of high conservation values, significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use, and the introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations.

The new version of the CoC standard will become effective on 01 October 2011. For more information, please download a copy of FSC-STD-40-004 V2-1 or write to the Policy and Standards Unit.