Stakeholder feedback is an important step in developing standards. SCS is committed to providing a transparent forum for receiving and addressing comments in a way that improves the standards we write.
Each standard under development by SCS will be posted to this website for review and comment for a minimum of 60 days. (Under exceptional circumstances, the review period may be reduced to 30 days). In addition, SCS will seek out experts, clients and other key stakeholders for comment to assure a balancing of perspectives. After incorporating feedback and completing an internal review, SCS will make available, upon request, versions of the standard with a summary of our response(s) to stakeholder comments.
Comments may be made public. If you would prefer that your comments be kept confidential or anonymous, it is important that you indicate this in your preferences below.
To comment on a standard, please complete our Stakeholder Review Form.
May 15 – June 15, 2017
SCS invites peat moss stakeholders to participate in the stakeholder review process for the Responsibly Managed Peatlands Standard, Version 1.0. Previously, the requirements for peat moss operations were outlined in the Responsible Horticultural Peat Moss Production and Handling Annex, in conjunction with the Veriflora Sustainably Grown® Standard. The Responsibly Managed Peatlands Standard V1.0 now encompasses all requirements in a standalone standard.
To submit comments, please use the Stakeholder Review Form.
A PDF version of the draft Responsibly Managed Peatlands Standard V1.0 can be downloaded below.
To: Interested Parties
From: SCS Global Services
Re: Notification of AWS Certification of Nestlé Waters North America, Inc.
Summary: Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. (NWNA) is seeking Alliance for Water Stewardship™ (AWS) certification for the NWNA Sacramento, California facility. Please contact SCS Global Services with any comments regarding this certification (contact information below).
In pursuit of Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification, Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. (NWNA) will be undergoing an evaluation of its facility located in Sacramento, California (AWS Registration code: AWS-010-INT-CAB-00-01-0004-0018) on 13-14 June 2017. The facility currently produces bottled water products under the brand names of Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water and Nestlé Pure Life. The certification evaluation will be conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS), an AWS-accredited Conformity Assessment Body. AWS certification evaluates whether the use of water at a particular site is socially equitable, environmentally sustainable, and economically beneficial.
SCS Global Services (SCS), an AWS-accredited certification body based in Emeryville, California, will conduct this AWS Evaluation. Information about SCS can be found at www.scsglobalservices.com.
Performance shall be evaluated against the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (Version 1.0; 2014). A copy of the standard and more information about AWS is available at: http://www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org/aws-standard-system.html#aws-standard
SCS welcomes public participation in the form of in-person or written commentary. When possible, SCS will arrange to meet with interested parties; ideally, all comments should be submitted before the evaluation commences. All submissions should be supported with objective evidence, whenever possible. Comments will be kept confidential upon request. All input should be directed to:
Brendan Grady, AWS Lead Auditor
2000 Powell St, Suite 600
Emeryville, CA 94608
Tel +1 (510) 452-8000
Fax +1 (510) 452-6882
March 2 – April 2, 2017
SCS invites Forest Management stakeholders to participate in the stakeholder review process for the SCS Interim Standard for Natural Forest and Plantation Forest Management Certification of Non-Timber Forest Products under the Forest Stewardship Council. This document is a checklist used to evaluate forest certification evaluations in countries or regions that have no duly approved FSC Forest Stewardship Standard for the certification of commercial operations that manage, harvest, and market Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs). The scope of these standards includes NTFPS from both natural and plantation forests, and SLIMF and Non-SLIMF operations.
A PDF version of the Draft Standard V1-0 can be downloaded below. To submit comments, please use the Stakeholder Review Form.
Please contact us at ASC@scsglobalservices.com to provide comments about any of our certificate holders or applicants: these will be used in scoring and assessments. Information we receive can only be used if it is able to be made publicly available. Please feel free to contact us with any question you may have regarding confidentiality.