The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Australia named third-party auditor SCS Global Services its "Certification Body of the Year" at its Annual Excellence Awards 2012 ceremony held in Melbourne on November 26th. SCS, which is accredited to perform audits under FSC's standards for responsible forestry and chain-of-custody, was recognized for its educational activities that raised awareness of the FSC system and excellent stakeholder engagement.
"It is an honor to be recognized as the Certification Body of the Year by FSC Australia," said Nick Capobianco, SCS Regional Director of Australia and New Zealand, who attended the dinner and accepted the award.
Capobianco is a member of FSC Australia, and has been involved in supporting a number of FSC Australia initiatives, including FSC Australia Knowledge Tree events, member of the 2012 Organizing Committee, and assisting with a submission to the Green Building Council of Australia regarding recognition of the FSC Project Certification Standard for compliance to the Green Star Timber Credit. In 2012 he delivered eight presentations on FSC Chain of Custody and FSC Project certification in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane which were individually sponsored by FSC Australia members Tetrapak, Planet Ark and TABMA.
"SCS has certified over 120 Australian and New Zealand companies under the FSC standards and we look forward to seeing the presence of FSC certification expand in the region as well as our collaboration with FSC-Australia," said Dr. Robert J. Hrubes, Executive Vice President of SCS.
SCS issued its first FSC certificate in Australia since 2006. The company's certified clients in Australia and New Zealand include HQPlantations, Visy Industries, Carter Holt Harvey and The Laminex Group. SCS has also audited all three projects registered for FSC Project Certification in Australia, including the Six Star Green Star rated Pixel Building in Melbourne, the ISIS Group Brisbane office and the Euneva Multi Level Car Park & Community Health Facility in the City of Monash.
SCS Global Services (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for nearly 30 years. SCS is a founding member of FSC, has been accredited since the inception of the FSC certification scheme, and is among the top FSC certifiers worldwide, having issued more than 4,500 certificates against the full range of FSC standards across the globe and 30% of all certificates issued in Australia. FSC license code FSC-A000521