The International Generic Indicators (IGIs) will be used as the starting point for transferring Forest Stewardship Standards to the FSC Principles and Criteria Version 5 (P&C V5) in countries that have National Forest Stewardship Standards. In countries that currently lack National Standards, but are willing to participate in the Transfer Process, the IGIs will be used as well as the starting point to develop National Standards according to the P&C V5. In countries that lack National Standards and that will not participate in the Transfer Process, this set of indicators will be used as starting point for the adaptation of Generic Standards to the national conditions in these countries.
The IGI Working Group (IGI WG), which comprises six FSC members, is guiding the development of the IGIs. It is a sub-chamber-balanced working group, meaning that there are two representatives (one from the North and one from the South) from each of our Membership Chambers – Social, Environmental and Economic.
A group of Technical Experts has also been appointed as a resource for the IGI WG, comprising representatives from each of our global regions and two representatives from Certification Bodies (CBs) (one from the Global North and one from the Global South). The Technical Experts will provide technical advice and expertise to the development of the IGIs. Together, the IGI WG and the Technical Experts form the IGI Group.
The IGI Group will serve a liaison function – members will bring in perspectives gathered from their respective sub-chambers, regions and CBs. Members will also bring input on all aspects of the IGIs from relevant groups and stakeholders, and participate in stakeholder outreach and information-sharing workshops where possible. While the Technical Experts have a voice in the process, the six-member IGI WG is the decision-making body of the IGI Group. Ultimately, the IGI WG will decide when the final draft of the IGIs is ready for review and approval by the FSC Board of Directors.