In July and August, the FSC team in Asia Pacific has been busy, visiting countries including Viet Nam, Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan to engage with government bodies, industrial organisations and business sectors. Check out our photo story for highlights.
FSC APAC’s Marketing Development Manager Jayco Fung and Project Coordinator of FSC Vietnam Vu Thi Que Anh held a two-hour workshop at VIFORES to FSC certificate holders and interested parties. Nam Dinh Forest Products Joint Stock Company (NAFOCO, FSC-C107309), an IKEA supplier also shared their best practice. Many participants are keen to get FSC certification to exporting their products to the European market.
Visiting Scancom Vietnam Ltd. (FSC-C008868) Showroom. Headquartered in Denmark, Scancom focuses on manufacturing outdoor furniture and exports FSC-certified furniture to the European market, USA and in HK. Viet Nam is one of their key manufacturing sites. We also discussed the challenges on sourcing FSC certified Eucalyptus and Acacia in the region.
We’re glad that the Rubber Authority of Thailand is interested in getting FSC certified, promoting responsible forestry to their rubber wood smallholders in Thailand and joining thousands of businesses worldwide and help improve the community and environment through adopting responsible forests management.
Follow up to the meeting, in August our Greater Mekong Project Coordinator Kobrat Sawasdivorn and FSC APAC Policy Manager Joern Struwe went on a field trip with RAOT to a rubber plantation in Surat Thani Province. The purpose of the trip is to better explain to the FSC system and policy to the governmental organisation, so they can have better knowledge regarding what they have to prepare before engaging a certification body to start a formal procedure of getting FSC certification. We also met with smallholders and discussed with all parties about the challenges they face on issues such as child labours, chemical pesticides and fertilisers and FSC’s requirement to address those.
(Photo credit: Sudarat Sangkum, WWF-Thailand)
Kobrat and Jayco also met with the Forest Industry Organization (FIO) FSC-C103665, which produces FSC certified Teak furniture from their Teak FM plantations in Thailand in its showroom.
Meeting with Kimberly-Clark Professional and Consumers Thailand (FSC-C115696) to discuss the upcoming workshops and seminars to promote FSC to schools and businesses.
FSC Malaysia’s Country Manager Leslie Jong and Jayco met with the Malaysian Rubber Board Lembaga Getah Malaysia (LGM) conference, explaining the latest trend and potential opportunities of certification in the rubber industry.
Speaking at the 8th International Wood Adhesive Conference 2017 in Kuala Lumpur about how FSC could help companies meet future requirements of timber legality and sustainability and to capture business opportunities arise from that.
Meeting with Chang Tai, Director of Forest Planning Division, Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture(CoA), and Wu Chun-Chi, Technical specialist, Inventory Secretary from the same Division. The Forestry Bureau announced a 50% subsidies to the companies that apply FSC-FM certification.
The representatives also expressed that they choose to promote FSC certification scheme because of its global recognition and credibility support by ENGOs, which really help their engagement work with local NGOs.
Attending the Kimberly-Clark x Tetra Pak Youth Summer Camp 2017, which about 30 college students joined. Social Enterprise Friendly Seed supported the education programme with FSC briefed the students on the importance of purchase sustainably. Hope they will become real-life ambassadors to spread the message.
Students presenting what FSC stands for: (video in Chinese)