IGI Working Group established to lead into next phase

We are pleased to announce that the FSC Board last week confirmed the Working Group that will lead the effort to develop International Generic Indicators (IGIs), marking the next phase of the process to put the revised P&C into practice.

The Working Group, comprised of six FSC members representing their sub-chambers, is joined by a Technical Expert Group of six regional representatives from each of FSC’s global regions and two certification body representatives. A list of Working Group and Technical Expert Group members (the “IGI Group”) can be found on the IGI website(igi.fsc.org).

Many thanks for your support you in helping us secure such a qualified team.

In addition to the technical expertise they bring to this process, the IGI Group will play the pivotal role of representative, serving as a direct liaison between their respective sub-chambers (for the Working Group), FSC Network Partners/Standards Development Groups (for the regional representatives) or certification bodies (for the certification body representatives) and the IGI Group. We are currently working with them to establish procedures that will best enable them to fulfill this role.

An updated timetable can be found here on theIGI website(igi.fsc.org), along with the IGI Group ‘Terms of Reference’, the ‘Draft Zero’ that the IGI Group will use to jumpstart discussions at their first meeting, and other related information. This first meeting is scheduled for 10 – 13 July at FSC-IC offices in Bonn. Click here to see all information

The revision of the P&C – starting with its initial review in January 2009 and culminating in approval by the FSC membership in February 2012 – was one of the most comprehensive and thoroughly consulted processes than any other in the history of the FSC. We are now eager to put this core FSC standard to practice through the development of IGIs and the transfer of national standards. Thanks to all of you for working with us on this ambitious goal.


Karen Steer, Policy Manager