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About the Forum

Titled “Promoting Responsible Value Chains in Forest Products with Brands and Retailers”, this year’s Forum will focus on the increasing importance of responsible value chains in forest products and look into possible means for brands and retailers to promote and mutually benefit from these value chains. This forum offers an excellent opportunity to connect brands, who wish to establish a value chain in forest products, with retailers who are able to provide FSC-certified materials and products.

See 2018 highlights: 


Who should join?

Retailers, producers and manufacturers, traders and distributors of wood, papers and non-timber forest products, brands and financial corporates with perspective for sustainability, FSC certified forest concessions, printing and packaging companies, certification bodies, and more.

Key Takeaway

  • Connect your business to the FSC suppliers, buyers, retailers and brands.
  • Learn about the latest trend in forest product value chains and how to best position your company in responsible sourcing
  • Get insight from the latest business cases and peer experience of using FSC as a market tool to talk about share values on sustainability
  • Catch on the forest product demand and changes from multiple angles, from suppliers, retailers to certification bodies


Deadline for International Participants: 10 Sept 2018 (Mon) 
Deadline for Local Participants: 18 Sept 2018 (Tue)  

Forum Format

A networking dinner will be held at the event hotel on 25 September(Tue), followed by the Business Forum on 26 September(Wed). There will be panel discussions and breakout sessions according to the key focus areas during the forum.

Agenda (Tentative)

Business Forum Day: 26 September 2018 (Wednesday)
08:30-09:30 Registration Starts
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome & Opening
 Plenary sessions
10:00 – 11:00 Building lasting Retailer and Supplier Relationships: Leveraging your FSC Commitment
This session focuses on the how retailers and suppliers create shared value and partnership using FSC as a bridge for trust and how FSC acts as the foundation for their commercial relationship.
Tereza Vrabcova, Sustainability Analyst, HAVI;
Rajasekhar P Warrier, Sourcing Business Developer, IKEA Services India Private Limited;
Joe Liao, Supply Chain Manager, Prospect Hospitality Co., Ltd, DL of McDonald’s
Facilitator: Adam Beaumont, Regional Director, FSC Asia Pacific
11:00 – 11:30    Coffee Break and Mingling
11:30 – 13:00 Enhancing and Adding Values to Brands with FSC
This session explores how brands use FSC in day-to-day business. In this session, well-known brands speak about the importance of FSC to their businesses including their brands, reputation, sourcing commitments and consumers.
Sanjeev Sharma, Head, Product Management South Asia Pacific & Sub-Saharan Africa Label and Packaging Material, Avery Dennison;
P.N. Sridharr, DGM Marketing, ITC Ltd, Paperboards & Specialty Papers Division;
Sesh Seshadri, Director, Lonely Planet India;
Marthe Tollenaar, Environmental and Social Manager, New Forests
Pravin Kumar Mallick, Environment Director – South Asia Markets, Tetra Pak India Pvt. Ltd.
Corey Brinkema, President, FSC US
13:00 – 14:30   Lunch and Networking
Parallel sessions 
14:30 – 15:30 Parallel Session I: Driving New and Emerging FSC Markets
This session looks at emerging and newly established FSC markets, and what current and potential demands, challenges and possibilities are on the horizon. The new markets include:
·        Bamboo
·        Latex / Natural Rubber
·        Rattan
·        Textile
·        Ecosystem services
John Heath, Deputy Global Head, Sustainability & Product Development, Corrie MacColl;
Muthusamy Gunasekaran, Manager, Technical Customer Services South Asia, Lenzing AG;
Nisha Joshi, End Use Manager, UPM Raflatac
Pina Gervassi, Regional Director, FSC Latin America
14:30 – 15:30 Parallel Session II: Driving Market Connections — Insights and Market Intelligence from FSC Certification Bodies
This session provides an alternative perspective on market demand for FSC based on the experience of Certification Bodies (CB). Globally there are 39 independent CBs. They play a critical role in certifying new processors and product categories, and that gives them unique insights into emerging demand and interest in FSC. In this session, key CBs operating in Asia talk to where they see growing demand and interest in FSC, and where supply chain gaps and opportunities exist.
Teena Antil, SGS India;
Thesis Budiarto, SCS Global Services;
Ewan Brown, Senior Certification Manager, Soil Association Certification Ltd.
Jeremy Harrison, Chief Marketing Officer, FSC International
15:30 – 16:00   Tea break and Mingling
16:00 – 17:00 Creating Value Chains in Tropical Timber
This session focuses on how FSC certification can change customer perceptions of tropical wood and drive higher-value product use. In this session, suppliers and brands at the panel will talk about their experience in sourcing, using and promoting FSC tropical timbers.
Musa Salleh, Senior Planning Officer (Policy and Legislation), Sabah Forestry Department (Malaysia);
Muhammad Jasin, PT Wijaya Sentosa (Indonesia);
Anand Punja, Regional Director, FSC Europe
17:00 – 17:15 Closing


The Hyatt Regency (About 1km from the Mumbai International Airport) 

Ashok Nagar, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400059

Registration Fee: USD200

Waived for FSC Certificate Holders and FSC Trademark Service Licensees
FSC- accredited Certification Bodies –  50% Off
*FSC Certificate Holders, FSC Trademark Service Licensees and FSC- accredited Certification Bodies must provide respective and valid FSC license code for the registration and enjoy the benefits.

Because of limited seats, priority will go to FSC certificate holders and Commercial Trademark Service Licensees.

Testimonials from Last Year’s Participants

“FSC not only gives a platform to have discussions on policy matter but also for commercial matters, and that [having a business forum] is a very good move of FSC.” – Priyank Pradeep, General Manager, Wood Products, South East Asia Cluster, Olam Vietnam Ltd.

“FSC business forum enables us to meet our end customers and to learn the way other end-users are utilizing the FSC brand to their benefit. As we are new to FSC (certified in late 2015), and because we did it on our own initiative, it is important for us to establish the right connection so that the value of our FSC certification can be established along our existing supply chain. I believe the forum has provided a way to achieve that, as well as establishing contact with new potential FSC minded end-users for the future.”
-Muljadi Tantra, Green Forest Product & Tech. PTE. Ltd Singaporee

“Good presentations from many business angles and stakeholders, and it’s exciting to hear FSC position in Global Sustainability Development agenda.”
– Minh Ton That Hac, Sustainability Specialist, IKEA Purchasing & Logistic Area SEA

“It’s great that the forum can provide opportunity to share valuable information and extend relationships with each other, and develop new partnership as well.”
– Tran Thanh Hai, CSR leader at ScanCom Group and CSR Senior Manager at ScanCom VietNan Ltd.

“The FSC APAC Business Forum in Hanoi was a great opportunity for networking and learning more about FSC.”
– Cola Leung, Sr. Raw Material Assurance Manager, Manufacturing Center of Excellence (MCOE) Target Sourcing Services (HK)

Click here for last year’s event highlights

Visa Information

All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad.

Please see the below link to apply for e-visa:
or contact your local Indian Embassy


For further enquiries, please contact Ms Jayco Fung, FSC APAC Market Development Manager at