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FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups (FSC-STD-30-005)


Title FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups
Code FSC-STD-30-005 V1-1
Type Standard
Project Supervisor Vera Santos
Project Coordinator Joachim Meier-Dörnberg
Technical Coordinator Lauri Ilola
Technical Writer Rosario Galán
Start date August 2018
End date April 2020
Organizational process assets
Purpose of the revision process

Revise the Group Certification Standard to:

  • Update the standard content to align it with FSC normative documents and Strategic Plan;
  • Address concerns expressed by stakeholders, certificate holders and certification bodies;
  • Consider the inclusion of new mechanisms to improve group certificates;
  • Better include some stakeholder groups like smallholders and communities in the standard.
Strategic alignment At the 2017 General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, the membership approved Motion 46 with a focus on developing new solutions, including new ideas not currently contemplated in the FSC normative framework and system.
Technical Working Group
  • Marie-Christine Fléchard (Soil Association)
  • Gabriel Bolton (NEPCon)
  • Victoria Rizo (2Tree Consultoria)
  • Matti Maajärvi (UPM-Kymmene Corporation)
  • Conceição Silva dos Santos ( UNAC – Mediterranean Forest Union)
  • Xiao Jianmin (Research Institute of Forestry Policy and Information, Chinese Academy of Forestry)
  • Yadira Molina (Fundacion MaderaVerde)


Date Activity Link
19-22 February 2019

First Technical Working Group in-person meeting

04 December 2018

Members of the Technical Working Group are announced

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17 September to 16 October 2018 Open call for stakeholders to join Technical Working Group to revise FSC Group Certification Standard Read news item
07 August 2018 Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Technical Working Group approved by the Policy and Standards Committee Read ToR