Reaching out for solutions on labour issues

FSC has a strong focus on securing workers’ rights by incorporating core labour requirements into its system. These requirements include effective abolition of child labour, elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour, the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation, respect of freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.

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These requirements are now integrated in forest management certification and work has begun to incorporate them in chain of custody certification.

FSC has commissioned a study to identify opportunities and challenges on the incorporation of core labour requirements into chain of custody standards. The study is being undertaken by Assurance Service International's (ASI) Social Competence Center.

FSC’s Labour Solution Forum is a platform for dialogue on labour issues. The platform brings various technical, strategic and political experts together to find solutions based on knowledge and experience. It internalises lessons from other schemes that inspire discussions on integrating labour requirements, especially in terms of existing tools for collaboration and engagement on labour issues.

Like other dialogues in FSC, the Labour Solution Forum adheres to the concept of shared values. Participants of the meeting consider all points of view, seeking a good balance between environmental, economic and social values, in the spirit of the mission of FSC.

In addition to the labour platform, FSC has renewed its engagements on workers issues with stakeholders including trade unions and certified companies on how best labour complaints and disputes can be resolved. 

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