FSC Board approves plans to address false claims in the FSC system

The Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) international Board of Directors has approved a new approach for addressing misleading and false claims in the FSC system. The set of actions compliments the newly revised CoC standard.

These actions include rapid transaction audits by Accreditation Services International (ASI); ASI-initiated investigations performed by certification bodies; creation of a mechanism for stakeholders to submit complaints about potential false claims; and randomized, obligatory fibre testing of products selected through the FSC fibre testing programme.

Furthermore, FSC will look at changing its normative and legal agreements to allow FSC to take action against false claims when detected, and to introduce legal and financial consequences for those caught intentionally misusing the FSC system or FSC labels. Read more…

Friday, 13 January 2017