Responsible producers are committed to sustainable  management of forests or agricultural lands and they often demonstrate the compliance with voluntary certificates. Processing and trading industry must convince markets and stakeholders of their responsible value creation. Voluntary forest certification presents an opportunity to distinguish products in the global markets as well as benchmark a company’s performance against international standards for environmental and social responsibility.

International institutes, industries and investors mitigate risks in their operations by requiring compliance with minimum sustainability standards. Voluntary certification provides a guarantee that its supported activities are environmentally and socially acceptable. Forest certificates are also recognized as an evidence of legal origin of timber. Chain of custody certificates demonstrate that the industries in the value chain have robust traceability systems in place that communicate the share of certified fiber in a product and guarantee the exclusion of illegal or controversial wood in the value chain.

At Indufor, we support our clients in understanding the implications and opportunities of different standards and certificates as well as in improving the compliance and social license to operate in the local setting. We are familiar with the standards and certification arrangements developed for forests and timber production (FSC, PEFC and number of national standards), biomass (e.g. SBP and applicable regulations), palm oil (RSPO), cocoa, and other agricultural commodities. Indufor has also assessed compliance with the minimum standards of a number of investors (e.g. WB, IFC, EIB)

Our team includes expertise in:

  • Agribusiness / palm oil
  • Sustainable biomass and bioenergy production and related regulations.

Our services in this area include:

  • Global analysis and benchmarking on certified forests
  • Conformity analysis of national certification systems against international requirements
  • Development and strengthening of certification standards and procedures
  • Wood tracking systems and technologies
  • Impact analysis and due diligence services including social, environmental and climate impacts
  • Training and capacity building.

Our project references include:

  • Finnpartnership’s Environmental and Social (E&S) Voucher Consultancy (2017-2018)
  • Screening of Sustainability Risks in Biomass Procurement and Imports for an Energy Utility Company (2016)
  • Appraisal of Wood Supply Due Diligence System of a Softwood Sawmill Company (2016).

Area Experts

Hanna Nikinmaa

Senior Consultant, Corporate Responsibility Management

Blair Freeman

Head of Strategy and Sustainability (Australia)

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