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FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups (FSC-STD-30-005 V1-1)


Title: FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups
Code: FSC-STD-30-005 V1-1
Type: Standard
Coordinator: Joachim Meier-Dörnberg
Start Date: 17 August 2017
Purpose: This standard specifies the requirements for the evaluation and certification of group entities (the certificate holder) managing a group of forest management units under a single certificate, a process referred to as ‘group certification.'
Working Group:
  • Joachim Meier-Dörnberg, Social Policy Manager at FSC International
  • Annah Agasha, East Africa Project Manager
  • Lauri Ilola, Development and Marketing Manager at FSC Finland  


Date DD.MM.YYYY Activity Additional Information

FSC Director General Kim Carstensen approved the revision of the standard.

The Director General has full authority to approve "small changes to technical normative documents and for aligning normative documents with approved changes in associated normative documents" under the provisions of Annex 4 of FSC-PRO-01-001 V3-1 The Development and Revision of FSC® Normative Documents.

Technical Update
17.08.2017 Group Certification Now Open for 30-Day Consultation

Minor changes have been made to the FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups (FSC-STD-30-005 V1-0) to clarify and simplify requirements related to smallholders, with a full revision to come in 2018. The consultation is open to all stakeholders from 17 August to 16 September.
Technical Update