FSC® Certification Principles and Criteria

In 2010, 3ACM was awarded the FSC® Certification as the first global producer and since then has maintained the FSC® Certification for both of our plantations in Ecuador and PNG.

Principle #1: Compliance with laws

We comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and nationally ratified international treaties, conventions, and agreements.

Principle #2: Workers' rights and employment conditions

We maintain or enhance the social and economic well-being of our staff and associates.

Principle #3: Indigenous peoples’ rights

We identify and uphold Indigenous Peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use, and management of land, territories, and resources affected by our management activities.

Principle #4: Community relations

We contribute to maintaining or enhancing the social and economic well-being of local communities. In everything we do, we try to make a positive impact in the communities we are present all over the world. In Ecuador and Papua New Guinea, we run a corporate social responsibility program focused on environmental education aimed at communities. The objective is to help these communities develop a sustainable future and raise awareness on the importance of environmental protection.

Principle #5: Benefits from the forest

We efficiently manage the range of multiple products and services of the Forest Management Unit to maintain or enhance long-term economic viability, and the range of environmental and social benefits.

Principle #6: Environmental values and impact

We maintain, conserve and/or restore ecosystem services and environmental values of the FMU, and avoid, repair or mitigate negative environmental impacts.

Principle #7: Management planning

We have a management plan consistent with its policies and objectives, and proportionate to scale, intensity, and risks of its management activities. Our management is implemented and updated based on monitoring information to promote adaptive management. The associated planning and procedural documentation is sufficient to guide our staff, inform affected/interested stakeholders, and justify management decisions.

Principle #8: Monitoring and assessment

We demonstrate that progress towards achieving our management objectives, the impacts of management activities, and the management FMU’s conditions are monitored and evaluated proportionate to the scale, intensity, and risk of management activities in order to implement adaptive management.

Principle #9: High conservation values

We maintain and/or enhance the High Conservation Values (HCV) in the FMU by applying a precautionary approach.

Principle #10: Implementation of management activities

Management activities conducted by us for the FMU are selected and implemented consistently with our organization of economic, environmental, and social policies and objectives and in compliance with the Principles and Criteria collectively.