© FSC I.C.Group forest management certification has been developed to help smaller woodland owners achieve FSC certification by reducing the costs of certification.
How does it work?
Small woodland owners can become certified jointly under one certificate, or if their estates are managed by a resource management company, the resource manager can establish their own group scheme for those owners who wish to participate.
An FSC accredited certification body will audit a sample of group scheme members and carry out a risk assessment of the entire group scheme, rather than auditing each individual forest owner.
A group co-ordinator will need to be assigned to ensure that all members of the group are using systems that meet the FSC requirements.
Note: In the case of resource manager group schemes, the resource manager will be the group co-ordinator.
Can I join a forest management group scheme?
FSC places no restriction on the size of the forests managed by the group scheme members, nor on the type of land ownership (including public, private or community owned). However, the group itself will set eligibility conditions, which it is necessary to meet in addition to meeting the requirements of the relevant national forest stewardship standard.
Note: Group schemes can only be applied to national groups which are covered by the same forest stewardship standard.
How do I join?
You can begin by contacting existing forest management group schemes.
Please note that whilst it can be cost-effective to be part of a group scheme it is also worth getting quotes for individual certification from FSC accredited certification bodies.
Can I run a group scheme?
Please get in touch with FSC accredited certification bodies if you are looking to set up and run a group scheme.