Public Notification

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To: Interested Parties

From: SCS Global Services

Date: 05 .07.2017

Re: Notification of Planned FSC Certification Re-Evaluation of New Ambadi Estate Pvt. Ltd., Kulasekharam, India

 

Summary:  As part of an upcoming Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) certification re-evaluation, SCS is currently seeking stakeholder input regarding the forest management program and practices of New Ambadi Estate Pvt. Ltd.  Please comment via email or contact our offices (contact information below).

In pursuit of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) endorsed forest management certification, New Ambadi Estate will be undergoing an audit on 16th-18th August 2017. The audit will be conducted by SCS Global Services, a FSC-accredited certification body. The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.  

New Ambadi Estates (P) Ltd is a group company of Murugappa Group and wholly owned by the founders of the group.  It was incorporated as a company during 1942 under erstwhile Travancore State. It is one of the oldest companies of the Group and is situated in Kanyakumari district. The estate lies on the eastern tip of Western Ghats and in the bowl of Rubber growing tract. It is a rubber estate predominantly and all the production is processed on the estate. It comprises primarily of rubber plantation spread over an area of 687.85 ha. Of the total area, 592.04 ha is productive plantation land. The plantation has been established since 1942. The plantation employs approximately 200 workers on its rolls and operates on a specific management plan. The company has been previously FSC FM certified from 2012 to 2017 and this notification is for a re-certification. The project area does not involve any diversion of forest land for plantation purposes.

Scope and Certification Evaluation Process

SCS Global Services (SCS), a FSC-accredited certification body based in California, will conduct this FSC Re-evaluation.   

Due to the lack of an existing accredited regional standard, New Ambadi Estate will be evaluated against the SCS Interim Standard for Forest Management Certification under the Forest Stewardship Council V2-1 February 2016, which will be a locally-adapted version of the SCS Generic Interim Standard.  SCS welcomes comments on the draft SCS Interim Standard for India as part of the process of adapting the standard for application in India. A copy of the draft standard is available from http://www.scsglobalservices.com/certification-standards-and-program-documents or SCS upon request.  Comments on the standard can be submitted to Mr. Manu Jose Mattam or Ms Taruna (contact details below).  

The evaluation process includes the following components:

  • Public notification: distribution of the standard and solicitation of comments on the certification applicant; Audit planning and document review;
  • Field assessment: A representative sample of field sites and operations within the defined forest area are inspected by a team of auditors;
  • Stakeholder consultation is carried out prior to and during the field assessment;
  • Synthesis of findings: conformity to the standard is ascertained and the certification decision is formulated;
  • Reporting: a draft report describing the evaluation process, findings, and certification decision is produced;
  • Finalization of the report and conveyance to the SCS Certification Committee for the final certification decision;  
  • Certification decision: the final report and certification decision is conveyed to the applicant; a public summary of the certification report is released if certification is awarded.

 

Call for Public Participation

SCS is seeking comments on the forest management of New Ambadi or other topics pertinent to their seeking FSC certification, such as whether New Ambadi Estate complies with the legal, social, technical, and environmental requirements of the standard or identification of high conservation value forests within the lands managed by New Ambadi. Comments can be submitted via email to FSCConsultation@scsglobalservices.com or to below mentioned contacts.

All comments and sources will be kept in strict confidence at the request of the commenter.  

Date of the Evaluation

The field evaluation is scheduled to on start 16th – 18th August 2017.  When possible, SCS will plan to meet with interested parties during the evaluation if appropriate, but it is preferred that comments are submitted before the field evaluation commences.

Dispute Resolution Procedure

As provided by the FSC Interim Dispute Resolution Protocol and the SCS Forest Conservation Program Quality Manual, dispute resolution procedures are in place and available to interested parties at http://www.scsglobalservices.com/your-feedback.

Additional Information

More information about FSC and SCS can be obtained from www.fsc.org and www.SCSglobalServices.com. Information about New Ambadi Estate can be found through contacting Mr. Abraham Mathew, DGM Plantations New Ambadi abymatin@pai.murugappa.com .

 

 Please Contact Us
Manu Jose Mattam

(manujose@gicia.org)

Brendan Grady

(Bgrady@scsglobalservices.com)

GICIA India Pvt. Ltd. (SCS India Pvt. Ltd) FSC FM & CoC Lead Auditor SCS Director of Forest Management
Taruna

taruna@gicia.org ; +91-9350022203

GICIA India Pvt Ltd. (SCS India Pvt. Ltd) FSC FM Auditor and Program coordinator
2000 Powell St, Suite 600; Emeryville CA 94608, USA
Tel +1 (510)452-8034, Fax +1 (510) 452-6882
FSCConsultation@scsglobalservices.com