New Forests Company successfully passes FSC audit

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Kampala, July 5 2012 ÔÇô The New Forests Company today announced it had successfully passed its annual audit of best international operating practises as set out by the Forest Stewardship Council, the leading international forestry standard organisation.

SGS, the international auditing firm and the leading approved FSC auditor in Africa, said during the companyÔÇÖs third annual audit that NFC continued to demonstrate a ÔÇ£very high level of complianceÔÇØ with FSC principles including social and environmental sustainability.

During the audit SGS singled out for high praise the companyÔÇÖs ÔÇ£substantial social investmentÔÇØ programme which includes schools, clinics, community tree farmers and promoting community bee keeping and honey making.

In the audit the company received only one minor Corrective Action Recommendation (CAR) on monitoring weed infestations.

ÔÇ£This has been our most successful audit and is a continuing vindication of our commitment to the highest international standards of social and environmental best practise,ÔÇØ said Anton Greeff, NFC Head of Forestry. ÔÇ£This commitment is now enshrined throughout the DNA of the company and its staff and through our Integrated Management System. We have successfully laid the foundation to extend FSC certification throughout all of our plantations in the coming yearsÔÇØ.