October 16, 9:00-12:00 PM MT
Where: SFI Annual Conference
Hosted by: Sustainable Biomass Program
Location: The Westin Westminster (Room TBD)
Anyone interested in exploring risk assessments in North America, including auditors, public agency foresters, consulting foresters, sustainability experts, trade and export specialists, should attend.
The forest products industry is frequently required, on numerous levels, to prove that the wood companies source is “low-risk.” The EU Timber Regulation, the Lacey Act, green building requirements, and market-driven supply chain transparency all require supply chain assurances. But what does low-risk mean in practice and what are certification bodies, government officials, and forest products companies’ experiences of a risk-assessment approach? Ultimately, what scale of risk assessment works and how can risk assessments best deliver credible and efficient assurances? Hear from some of the foremost experts from various sectors, public and private, and join in on the conversation. This discussion will provide you with a better understanding of risk assessments, what has been done in the past, and how we might approach them in the future given new technologies and understanding at the forest level.
Simon Armstrong – Technical Director, SBP
Nicolas Blanchette – President, INCOS Stratégies
Ara Erickson – Director of Corporate Sustainability, Weyerhaeuser
Kathryn Fernholz – Executive Director, Dovetail Partners Inc.
Dr. Healy Hamilton – Chief Scientist & Vice President for Conservation Science, NatureServe
Dr. Laura Thompson – Sustainability Expert & Consultant, 4Minutes LLC