Forest Certification Expertise

Certification of forestry activities is considered as a best practice in forest operations and sustainable forest management, and an important tool for market access. Domestic and international market interest in buying wood products from certified forests has increased steadily in the past few years. While each certification system has unique requirements, they all have one common objective: to provide customers with assurance that the forest products they buy have been produced with environmentally responsible practices.

Forest certification systems are voluntary and are not regulated by governments. Certification achievements confirm that companies are meeting the highest environmental standards and ultimately result in higher levels of environmental performance, which provides the framework for continued improvement.

Our strategy for natural resource management is always based on the principles and guidelines for social and environmental sustainability given by the leading systems for certification. We are convinced this offers the best possible quality assurance for our clients.

Certification systems do not automatically guarantee profitability. Strategic HSE Systems Inc. is convinced that long–term sustainability always needs to be based on an efficient utilization of natural resources and optimal systems for logistics, production and customer satisfaction. In short, they require competitiveness and profitability.

Forest Certification Services

Strategic HSE Systems’ professionals provide services to help organizations implement forest certification management systems and prepare for third party certification audits. Our key professional services include:

  • Needs assessments and gap analysis
  • Program building and optimization
  • Training supervisory staff and managers
  • Corporate mentoring and certification guidance
  • Auditing (internal and regulatory compliance)

Certification Standards

We can help you build, launch and maintain a certification management system that will meet your particular needs. We have extensive experience with a wide variety of standards and certification programs, including:

  • ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO 90001 – Quality Management Systems
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management
  • (CAN) CSA-Z809 – Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – Sustainable Forest Management
  • FSC CW/CoC – Forest Stewardship Council Controlled Wood & Chain of Custody
  • PEFC CoC – Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification – Chain of Custody
  • Environmental compliance audits
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