Like many businesses, the FSC network has been affected by the requirements of social isolation and distancing, travel bans, and quarantines. Regional meetings and the annual global staff meeting have been postponed and many are working from home. Source: Timberbiz
The FSC has made enquiries with ASIC regarding postponing the AGM and how or if new directors can be elected if the AGM is cancelled. This year is an important one for FSC as five director positions have become vacant. Two positions are open for re-election in the Environmental and Economic chambers and three casual vacancies across the three chambers will need to be filled.
Director nominations will be called for in the next few weeks and any members wishing to nominate should ensure that membership fees are up-to-date. Further communication will be forthcoming as plans firm up.
The obligation to lodge financial statements will not be affected and these will be lodged as required by 31 May 2020.
In accordance with official advice, FSC Board operations including subcommittees will be via teleconference and or video conference. This will ensure the ability of FSC ANZ to deliver important interpretations, review membership applications and manage the governance of finance and risk.
Unless it can be avoided, it is intended that all meetings be via video or teleconference. Where physical meetings cannot be avoided, the etiquette of social distancing is to be observed.
Advice Regarding Audits
FSC, in the wake of the Covid-19 disruption, has issued a derogation to permit certifying bodies to consider desk audits in appropriate circumstances.
You can access more information via the website https://au.fsc.org/enau/newsroom/id/427