One standard format
We have a wealth of data on forest management certification available in FSC through public summary reports, available online for everyone on info.fsc.org.
These reports are intended to support researchers, forest standard development groups and FSC itself, not only in assessing the impact of our system on forest management but also to improve it continuously.
The data from our public summary reports is, however, not systematised. It is available in a multitude of different formats, depending on which certification body collects it. Exploring each single summary report makes it very difficult and time consuming to gather and aggregate data and to enable analysis.
Digital audit reports solve this problem.
We will begin the transition with forest management audit reports and focus on the public summary reports specifically. This will enable us to appropriately access aggregated audit data and easily identify trends, impacts and risk areas to evaluate and improve the FSC system.
We will be piloting digital audit reports in 2019 and expect implementation across all certification bodies from 2020 onwards. The project will address implementation of Motion 16 from 2017.
We have identified two possible solutions and are currently piloting these with three certification bodies. The solutions capture data included in public summary reports, and include online and offline capability.
Digital CoC reporting will be next step
We will start the digitalisation project with forest management audit reports but plan to digitalise chain of custody (CoC) audit reports as a next step. This project will only commence once pilots for digital forest management audit reports have been successfully piloted and implemented.