Forest-Stewardship-Council

Notification of Planned FSC Certification Re-Evaluation of International Papers APPM

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 International Papers APPM. Please comment via email or contact our offices (contact information below).

In pursuit of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) endorsed forest management certification, International Papers APPM will be undergoing a re-evaluation audit on 25 Feb – 1 March 2019. 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.

International Paper APPM Ltd., is one of the largest integrated paper and pulp manufacturers in India. Established in 1964. It produces writing, printing and copier papers for foreign and domestic markets with production facilities at Rajahmundry and Kadiyam, having a total production capacity of 240,000 TPA. The company employs around 2,500 employees and is headquartered in Hyderabad. IPAPPM’s initiative has grown to nearly 535,000 acres and now provides a means of economic survival for many rural farmers and their communities. As of the end of 2014, nearly 1.5 billion saplings have been planted. The company has been previously FSC FM certified from 2014 to 2019 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), an FSC-accredited certification body based in California, will conduct this FSC Re-evaluation.

Due to the lack of an existing accredited regional standard, International Paper APPM 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, FSC Standard for group entities in forest management groups (FSC-STD-30-005)V1-1, and Requirements for use of FSC trademarks by certificate holders (FSC-STD-50-001) V-2. 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 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 International Papers APPM or other topics pertinent to their seeking FSC certification, such as whether International Papers APPM complies with the legal, social, technical, and environmental requirements of the standard or identification of high conservation value forests1 within the lands managed by International Papers APPM. 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 25 Feb – 1 March 2019. 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 International Papers APPM can be found through contacting Mr. Ushnish Chattopadhyay, ushnish.chattopadhyay@ipaper.com

Contact us:

Name –Taruna Singh
Mail to –  taruna@gicia.org
Contact –  +91-9350022203
GICIA India Pvt. Ltd. (SCS India Pvt. Ltd) FSC FM Trainee Lead Auditor

Name –Brendan Grady, ESOI
Mail to –  Bgrady@scsglobalservices.com
SCS Director of Forest Management