FSC Asia Pacific Business Forum 2018 to be held in Mumbai, India

FSC Asia Pacific is delighted to announce that the FSC Asia Pacific BusinessForum 2018 is set to take place from 25th to 26th September 2018 at The Hyatt Regency in Mumbai, India.

Titled “Promoting Responsible Value Chains in Forest Products with Brands and Retailers”, this year’s forum will focus on the increasing importance of responsible value chains in forest products and look into possible means for brands and retailers to promote and mutually benefit from these value chains.

Topics in this year’s conference include driving new and emerging markets for FSC-certified products, creating value chains for responsibly sourced tropical timber and case studies such as how companies can leverage FSC-certified status to build a lasting business relationship.

This forum offers an excellent opportunity to connect brands who wish to establish a value chain in forest products with suppliers/retailers who can provide FSC-certified materials and products.

The demand for sourcing forestry products responsibly from the Asia Pacific(APAC) region has increased exponentially. The APAC region has experienced substantial growth in the Chain Of Custody(CoC) certificates over the past five years, with the number of CoC certificates growing almost doubly, from about 6000 to over 10 000.

“In a recent global consumer survey commissioned by FSC, 71 per cent of interviewee value independent certification and many rank sourcing responsibly an important factor for purchase consideration,” said Adam Beaumont, Regional Director, FSC APAC. “In Asia Pacific, we saw growing consumer awareness to purchase sustainably sourced products. FSC, as a trusted mark of good forestry, allows like-minded companies that want to participate in responsible and transparent supply chains to identify each other easily.”

India has also seen a tremendous increase in the number of FSC certifications – about 70 percent growth over the past five years. Beaumont continues, “As the second most populated country in the world, its market can play a defining role to halt deforestation, if people and businesses opt for responsibly produced and forest-friendly materials and products.”

FSC is the world’s most trusted sustainable forest management solution to deliver positive impacts for the forests, markets, and people – for today and tomorrow. Last year’s inaugural forum in Hanoi, Vietnam attracted more than 100 FSC certificate holders and representatives across the region including Vietnam, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and India.