KPMG Forest Certification Services Inc.
The forest industry is confronted by intensifying pressure for environmental and social responsibility – and rigorous scrutiny of forest stewardship practices by a broad range of stakeholders: consumers, investors, environmentalists, government and the general public.
Demonstrating that an organization recognizes the diverse expectations of stakeholders and has adapted to meet these expectations is a significant challenge.
Certification of operations under the Forest Stewardship Council's® (FSC) Principles and Criteria provides a globally recognized method of demonstrating that an organization's forest management activities reflect the delicate balance between social, economic and environmental expectations.
About KPMG’s Forest Certification Services
KPMG Forest Certification Services Inc. (FCSI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of KPMG LLP that is accredited to conduct forest management and chain of custody certification audits worldwide by Assurance Services International based on the FSC Standards and Procedures.
Our team of professional foresters, biologists, and environmental management systems assessors has been actively involved in the evolution of forest practices auditing and bring a wealth of auditing expertise and common sense to task when conducting assessments.
How can we help?
KPMG Forest Certification Services Inc. employs a range of services to lead businesses from the initial investigation of certification through to the final certification audit and subsequent annual monitoring. All of our services are designed to ensure that we maintain full independence throughout the process.
Businesses that invest in FSC certification expect their certification to provide a highly credible demonstration of their commitment to good forest stewardship. To this end, we employ an audit approach designed to maximize credibility while maintaining value for money. Our procedures are built upon our experience in forest practices auditing and we recognize that objectivity, integrity and local expertise are key elements of credibility.
KPMG helps forest owners, managers, and companies achieve the requirements for FSC certification. We have tested procedures and methodologies including:
Rights and duties of clients
There are certain rights and duties that our clients must formally acknowledged for FSC certification to proceed. These rights and duties of FSC certificate holders are established and documented in a formal engagement letter signed by both KPMG and the applicant.
Specific rights of certificate holders include:
Specific duties of certificate holders include:
KPMG FCSI is funded by FSC certification services provided to its clients and fees are calculated on a project by project basis. Prior to initiating a certification, we assess the scope of the project and the expected amount of time required to complete it. We also assess the level of risk associated with the certification. Using this information we calculate fees based on an established daily rate times the number of days the project is expected to take. The resulting fee is agreed in advance before the project is initiated.
Further information about FSC