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Wednesday, 03 April 2019
FSC Labour Solution Forum: Geneva, 8-10 May 2019


FSC invites you to attend the FSC Labour Solution Forum, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 8 to 10 May 2019.

Since the first Labour Solution Forum (LSF) held in 2017 in Peru, FSC has made progress in integrating ILO Criteria and Indicators (ILO C&I) into components of its system.

As a result of integrating ILO Criteria and Indicators into the new IGI Global Standard in 2018, several countries which had not reached second consultation stage in their standards development process have begun incorporating ILO criteria and indicators into their National Forest Stewardship Standards (NFSS). South Africa's National Forest Stewardship Standard has successfully integrated and got approval; others in the process include Indonesia, Malaysia, Namibia, and Russia among others.

In addition, the FSC Board commissioned a feasibility study and risk assessment to understand the challenges in introducing the new ILO requirements into the Chain of Custody (CoC) standard.

The second Labour Solution Forum in May 2019 intends to build on the ongoing work with the following purposes:

  • To provide insight into the findings of the feasibility study on challenges and impacts of incorporating generic criteria and indicators based on the principles of the ILO core conventions;
  • To discuss and develop recommendations to the CoC/ILO Technical Working Group for the feasibility study;
  • To learn from cases and current experiences with the view of proposing optimal approaches for handling workers issues within FSC;
  • To identify new tools/instruments for a proactive approach on labour issues in FSC among various stakeholders at national, sub-regional, regional and/or global level.

The discussions and presentations will be organised under the concept of shared values, i.e. the creation of benefits that are relevant and important from the perspective of all stakeholders. The key will be to seek and focus on common ground rather than problems. Participants will be asked to conceptualise what the solution would be within the discussion topic and explore common ground and actions that could lead them to this ideal solution.

An agenda and more details on logistics will be shared in the coming weeks.

Please register by 20 April 2019 by filling out the registration form. If you would need a subsidy to attend, please inform us (through the survey) you need support to participate at this meeting by 20 March 2019.

For a quick overview on visa requirements for travelling to Switzerland, please visit Wikipedia for a visual oversight or the website of the Federal Department of Justice and Police of Switzerland. If you need an invitation letter, please indicate this on the registration webpage. Further information on Switzerland visa application requirements can be found here.

For more information please contact: Paul Opanga,

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