Engaging the community

Upcoming FSC related consultations and audits are listed on this page.

New consultations are announced on this page and in the monthly newsletter.
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If you have a consultation you would like to see listed here please email with a summary of your consultation and all related documents. Please send by the last day of the month to be published in the next month's edition.

Public consultation is also open for the following processes:

Stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback on forest management certification audits in the Turangi and Taupo region

From 1st to the 3rd of March 2022, the SGS team will be undertaking the Recertification Audit for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) Certification of a New Zealand Forest Manager. As such we would welcome any feedback or comments that you may have regarding New Zealand Forest Manager and their forestry operations in the Turangi and Taupo region, Comments can be provided to us via email or by completing the document attached.

Those auditors involved include:

Lead Assessor – Carol Rivera (
Team Member – Gabriel Arnaboldi
Environmental Expert – Steve Rate

As per FSC requirements, any comments that you do provide will remain completely confidential.

Description of forest management units:

Lake Taupo Forest
Lake Taupo Crown Enclave
Rotoaira Forest
Rotoaira Crown Enclave
Te Rangiita
Te Whenua
Te Whakao
Mangakoura Forest
Waiotaka Forest
Opepe Forest
Taupo Estate/Kaimanawa Forest
Tregoweth Forest
Hingarae Forests

Stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback on controlled wood forest management audits

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) requires that a certification body conducting an initial or re-certification audit of a certified organization or applicant must consult stakeholders whenever the audit includes intent to source and use uncertified material in an FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) program according to the requirements in FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 “Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood”. Therefore, SCS Global Services (SCS) is seeking input from interested and directly affected stakeholders regarding the relevance, effectiveness, and/or adequacy of Carter Holt Harvey Building Products Limited - Kawerau Saw Mill Limited Due Diligence System (DDS).

An explanation of ‘FSC Controlled Wood’, as well as a copy of FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1, is available here: ; a copy of this standard is also available from SCS upon request.

Due Diligence Systems are required for certified organizations in order to avoid the sourcing and use of material originating from unacceptable sources in their FSC CoC program.

Directly affected stakeholders include any person, group of persons, or entity that is, with high probability, subject to the effects of the activities related to an organizations' controlled wood sourcing program, including the activities of their suppliers and sub-suppliers, as well as those who influence risk identified through the organization’s Due Diligence System.

This letter serves as SCS’ invitation to directly affected stakeholders to participate in our consultation process. This letter also serves as SCS’ public notification for any interested stakeholders, who are also invited to participate in the consultation process. Participation in this stakeholder consultation process is voluntary; stakeholders are not required to submit comments

Scope of audit and audit details:
The audit will assess the conformity of the organization’s controlled wood program – including Risk Assessment(s) and DDS – according to the certification requirements as per FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1.
The company’s DDS Public Summary and Risk Assessment (excluding confidential information), as well as any other information or documents deemed relevant for the purpose of this stakeholder consultation, are included as appendices to this letter—see below. For a list of the information that is required to be publically available for stakeholder consultation by SCS, see FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1, Section 6.
The audit will take place week at approximately commencing beginning Monday 6th December 2021 at the company’s facilities located at Fletcher Avenue, Kawerau, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Options for participation and provision of comments:
SCS is seeking comments on the controlled wood source of Carter Holt Harvey Building Products Limited - Kawerau Saw Mill Limited or other topics relevant to the FSC Controlled Wood Standard 40-005v3.1 against which they are being assessed. Comments can be submitted via email, standard mail, or facsimile to our Lead auditor or SCS representative whose details are listed below.

Your options for communicating your feedback to us are as follows:
• Meet with the SCS Lead Auditor during the fieldwork.
• Provide comments to the Lead Auditor via phone
• Submit written comments by mail, FAX or email to Nick Capobianco, SCS Australia/NZ representative.

All comments and sources will be kept in strict confidence at the request of the commenter.
A summary of the stakeholder consultation and comments received will be made publicly available on the FSC certificate database, as per FSC-STD-20-011 V4-0. Verbatim comments will only by published with prior consent from the stakeholder and will not be associated with stakeholder names.

Note that, while SCS is required to evaluate all information and comments objectively, SCS certification decisions are affected by stakeholder comments only insofar as the comments provide evidence of conformity or nonconformity to the applicable requirements.

Within 30 days of making our certification decision, SCS will respond to all stakeholders who provided comments to explain how their comments were taken into account.
More information about FSC and SCS can be found on our respective websites: and

Evaluation Team
Ms Kimberly Robertson – SCS FM, CW and COC Senior Lead Auditor.

Dispute Resolution Procedure
As provided by the FSC Interim Dispute Resolution Protocol and the SCS Forest Conservation Program Quality Manual, dispute resolution procedures are in place and available to interested parties at

Please Contact Us
Ms. Kimberly Robertson Mr. Nick Capobianco
SCS Senior Lead Auditor SCS Australian & NZ Representative
Tel +64 (0)27 220 4417 Tel (61) 3-5962-6852
kimberlyrobertson at point nz

P.O. Box 499 Healesville, Victoria 3777 Australia
Fax (61) 3-8648-6851

Additional certificate holder information
1. Geographical region of forests and areas used for field verification:
North Island of New Zealand.
2. Tree species:
Radiata Pine – Pinus radiata
3. Public Information provided by Carter Holt Harvey Building Products Limited - Kawerau Saw Mill Limited:
Carter Holt Harvey Building Products Limited - Kawerau Saw Mill Limited has published its Due Diligence

System including Controlled Wood Public Summary and other documents, which can be downloaded at the following links;
• Controlled Wood Public Summary, Due Diligence System, and Risk Assessment


FCOC_CHPub_CHH Woodproducts NZ_050419.pdf


Stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback on forest management audits

From 1 Nov and 30 Dec 2021, SGS New Zealand will be undertaking the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Pre-Assessment Audit of Farman Turkington Forestry (John Turkington Forestry - New Zealand - John Turkington Forestry ( the Wairarapa Region.

You have been identified as a key stakeholder and as such we would welcome any feedback or comments that you may have regarding Farman Turkington Forestry Limited and their operations. Comments can be provided to me by return email or via the contact details listed below.

As per FSC requirements, any comments that you do provide will remain completely confidential.

The SGS generic checklist (for New Zealand Plantations) that will be used during the assessment is also available at:

If you have any comments on (a) the checklist, and/or (b) Northland Forest Managers (1995) Limited compliance with the P&C, I would be pleased to receive them. I have attached an stakeholder guidance document and a stakeholder comment form to assist you with this process.

SGS team as follow:
Lead Assessor – Carol Rivera

Stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback on forest management audits

Please see below the list of upcoming audits for FSC Forest Management Companies in 2020 in New Zealand.

1st of February: Ernslaw One Limited, South Island Region. This will be a surveillance audit conducted by SCS

1st of March: Wairarapa Estate Limited and Southland EstateLimited. This will be a reevaluation audit conducted by SGS

16th of March: Ngāi Tahu Forestry Limited. This will be a surveillance audit conducted by SGS

If you would like your feedback to be considered for the audit, please contact the company's certification body in advance. As per FSC requirements, any comments provided will remain completely confidential.

Update of the FSC Global Strategic Plan 2021-2026

Welcome to the Public Consultation for the first draft of the FSC Global Strategic Plan (2021–2026)

In this video introduction, Hans Djurberg, Chair of the FSC International Board, explains the most relevant elements of the process to develop the first draft of the Global Strategic Plan (2021–2026).

In 2014, the FSC International Board of Directors received the mandate from the General Assembly to develop the FSC Global Strategic Plan for 2015–2020. It has been instrumental in defining the priorities and direction for FSC since coming into effect in 2015. But now we need your feedback on updating this guidance – for the next five years of the Global Strategic Plan starting in 2021. With your help on the next version of this‘living’ document, we can guide FSC towards helping to create a future of Forests For All Forever.

The present draft of the updated Global Strategic Plan(2021–2026) has been developed by the Board and is now for feedback from the FSC membership and stakeholders in this first public consultation. The results from your feedback will be used by the Board to update the draft, and we then expect a second public consultation to happen in 2020.

Finally, an advanced version of the Global Strategic Plan(2021–2026) will be presented to the full membership for discussion at the FSC General Assembly in October 2020. It is expected that the final plan will then be approved by the FSC International Board at the end of 2020

This public consultation is open for 70 days and will be used to collect stakeholders’ feedback on a series of questions about the first draft. FSC encourages all interested stakeholders to participate and to give their input during this period. Your feedback will be critical to the success of updating the Global Strategic Plan for 2021–2026

• It is not mandatory to respond to all the questions. You may want to choose the sections that are most important/relevant to you.
• If you are not interested in responding to specific sections of the draft text, you can skip them and go to the General Feedback section at the end.

You can save your current progress and edit your responses right up until you submit the survey for analysis. You can return to edit your responses at any time before the close of the consultation period. The estimated time to complete all question items is 60 minutes.

Thank you in advance for your participation. We hope you will take this opportunity to share your opinions and suggestions.

If you have any questions, please contact Anakarina Pérez Oropeza, Strategic Development Advisor: a.perezoropza at fsc point org

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FSC Advice Note on Addressing Deliberate False Claims and FSC Procedure on Calculating Financial Penalty/Compensation Fee and Processing Evidence for Blocked Organizations

All stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft of the FSC advice note on addressing deliberate false claims. In addition to the advice note, FSC has developed a procedure for the calculation of the financial penalty/compensation fee and when an organization chooses to rebut the false claim.

The deadline for commenting is 17 February 2020.

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