Call for public comment on Australia and New Zealand Standard for Sustainable Forest Management

Public comment is now being sought on a revised draft for the Australian / New Zealand Standard for Sustainable Forest Management – AS / NZS 4708. The Australian / New Zealand Standard, along with the Australian Standard for Chain of Custody for Forest Products (AS 4707) was developed by Responsible Wood and are key components of the Responsible Wood Certification…

Responsible Wood calls for nominations for Richard Stanton Award

Responsible Wood is calling for nominations in this year’s coveted Richard Stanton Memorial Award for Excellence in Forest Management or Chain of Custody.  This is the sixth year of the award which pays tribute to a man who devoted his life to sustainable forest management in Australia and internationally.  Richard Stanton was CEO and national secretary of Australian Forestry Standard…

COVID-19: Updated guidance for certification bodies and certified companies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 12/05/2020 Responsible Wood, the National Governing Body for PEFC in Australia, has published the following statement from PEFC International. To support certified entities and certification bodies during the effects of COVID-19 worldwide, we have produced guidance regarding auditing (chain of custody and sustainable forest management), and the transition to the 2020 standards. As the COVID-19 situation continues…

COVID-19: Updated guidance for certification bodies and certified companies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 22/04/2020 Responsible Wood, the National Governing Body for PEFC in Australia, has published the following statement from PEFC International. To support certified entities and certification bodies during the effects of COVID-19 worldwide, we have produced guidance regarding auditing (chain of custody and sustainable forest management), and the transition to the 2020 standards. As the COVID-19 situation continues…

Joint Statement – Forest certification schemes unite for industry

During this unprecedented crisis, Australia’s forest industries are putting their hands up, not out. The industries want to continue providing the essential products Australians rely on to get them through the coronavirus pandemic. Australia’s two forest certification schemes, Responsible Wood and the Forest Stewardship Council, are joining our voices to urge the Prime Minister and the National Cabinet not to…

Important information for Conformity Assessment Bodies – Responsible Wood guidance

This communication is for Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), providing certification for Chain of Custody audits under AS 4707:2014 Chain of Custody for Forest Products and Chain of Custody, the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard PEFC ST 2002 and provides guidance on the conduct of Chain of Custody during the COVID-19 pandemic. This communication has been endorsed following communication with…

Responsible Wood response – The COVID-19 pandemic

Responsible Wood members, certificate holders, certifying bodies and stakeholders… During these strange and difficult times, and as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to dominate news (and our thoughts), it is our sincere hope that you and your families stay safe and sensible during these challenging times… We would like to take the opportunity to update you on how Responsible Wood…

COVID-19: Guidance for certification bodies and certified companies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 11/03/2020 PEFC’s guidance for chain of custody auditing of PEFC certified companies affected by restrictions due to COVID-19. Due to the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, travel and medical restrictions are affecting auditing activities. In order to give some flexibility to certification bodies and certified companies affected by the disease, we have issued the following guidance: COVID-19: Guidance…

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Responsible Wood statement on land clearing koala deaths

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 04/02/2020 Responsible Wood CEO Simon Dorries has released a media statement on the land clearing koala deaths… Following extensive media reporting of the tragic deaths of koalas in Portland, Victoria, Australia’s largest forest certification body, Responsible Wood, can confirm the private landowner is not certified to the Australian Standard for sustainable forest management. Responsible wood understands the…