Forest management auditing is expanding from its traditional focus on forest management, stewardship and Chain of Custody certification to more innovative topics such as ecosystem services, forest carbon credits, Non-Wood Forest Products, wood energy and Fair Trade certification. Forest managers, auditors and project developers require a new range of skills, capacities and expertise to monitor these issues.

This book outlines the market-based tools that are required by such professionals to ensure corporate social responsibility in the forestry sector. It shows how a mutual learning process between established forest certification processes and innovative markets is needed. It addresses key topics such as High Conservation Value (HCV) approaches, the role of independent certification versus due diligence process and the engagement of smallholders and SMEs. Beginning with a market and policy analysis, the book fosters a deeper understanding of standards, methodologies and auditing techniques. Numerous case studies are included from a wide range of contexts, including both temperate and tropical forests in developed and developing countries. Overall, the book analyses all the steps towards forest management and forest products and services certification.

chapter Chapter 1|9 pages

Cutting edge

Sustainability in the forestry sector

part 1|68 pages

Corporate social responsibility in the forestry sector

chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

Emerging policies and legality requirements

The initiatives of public institutions

chapter Chapter 3|11 pages

Corporate governance and related voluntary tools

Codes of conduct, sustainability reporting, compensation and commitments

chapter Chapter 4|15 pages

Certification schemes and processes

part 2|106 pages

Standards and systems of forest products and services certification

chapter Chapter 7|20 pages

FSC® Chain of Custody certification

chapter Chapter 8|25 pages

Forest carbon offsetting and standards

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

At the frontier

Towards ecosystem services certification

part 3|73 pages

Auditing techniques in the forest sector