PEFC Receives Highest Rating Against ASEAN RAI

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has received the highest rating against the ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (ASEAN RAI) which was launched on 3 November 2020. The 10 Guidelines of the ASEAN RAI are part of a broad range of initiatives aiming to ensure that investments in the food, agriculture and forestry (FAF) sectors in the ASEAN region comply with international frameworks, yet are regionally relevant and contextualised.

Twelve selected existing FAF industry standards and certifications were assessed against the 10 Guidelines. In the forestry industry sector, PEFC was rated 95% while the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 90% – PEFC was rated higher due to its regional approach. The PEFC Sustainable Forest Management principles were used for this mapping exercise where the first five principles aligned with the ASEAN RAI Guidelines on food nutrition, economic development, natural resources, climate change and rule of law and governance. The sixth PEFC principle (maintenance or appropriate enhancement of socio-economic functions and conditions) emphasises economic development, support to marginalised populations (women, young people, indigenous people) as well as tenure rights and data collection. A partial match was observed with Guideline 10 (concerning regional approaches) when two of the six PEFC principles include specific references to regional policy and approaches. Overall, the PEFC Sustainable Forest Management principles aligned with 9.5 out of 10 of the ASEAN RAI Guidelines.

With the rating, organisations which are already adhering to these selected standards such as the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) could easily demonstrate alignment with the ASEAN RAI. MTCC is the National Governing Body for the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), an initiative to promote the implementation of sustainable forest management which has been endorsed by PEFC since 2009. MTCC plays the role as facilitator in the development of certification standards, ensuring that the development is done in accordance with globally-accepted best practices that guarantees a transparent, independent and inclusive process. MTCC is committed to ensure that the MTCS which is a groundbreaker scheme for tropical forest certification scheme in Asia, continues to meet and comply with the PEFC sustainability benchmarks.  

Guides FAF Investors 

The ASEAN RAI Guidelines were grounded in the Committee on World Food Security’s Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFSRAI), which were endorsed in Rome in October 2015. The ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) adopted the ASEAN RAI in October 2018 following a nine-month multi-stakeholder consultation process led by Grow Asia – a unique multi-stakeholder partnership platform that brings together farmers, governments, private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders in Southeast Asia to lift the productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability of smallholder agriculture in the region.  

The Guidelines lead agribusiness, governments, financial institutions and producers on investments to an existing landscape of voluntary sustainability standards and certifications that help guide responsible practices along value chains in ASEAN’s growing FAF sectors.

The Guidelines are linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically, Goal 1 (to end poverty), Goal 2 (to end hunger), Goal 5 (to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls), Goal 8 (to promote decent work and economic growth), Goal 10 (to reduce inequality within and among countries), Goal 12 (to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns), Goal 13 (to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), Goal 14 (to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources) and Goal 15 (to protect and restore ecosystems and life on land).

Source: Adapted from Grow Asia’s report on Rapid Land Assessment – Mapping of Industry and Investment Standards and Principles to the ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (October 2020). 

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Mujong-Melinau FMU Awarded MTCS Certification

The Mujong-Melinau Forest Management Unit (Mujong-Melinau FMU) managed by Subur Tiasa Holdings Berhad has been awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) on 24 August 2020. The certificate was issued by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd following a successful certification audit conducted from 9 to 12 December 2019.  The certificate is valid for five years, subject to continued compliance based on yearly surveillance audits.

The Mujong-Melinau FMU, covering an area of 41,696 ha is located in the central region of Sarawak within the Kapit Division.

Johor FMU and Sapulut FPMU Awarded MTCS Certification

MTCC is pleased to announce that the Johor Forest Management Unit (FMU) and Sapulut Forest Development Sdn Bhd Forest Plantation Management Unit (Sapulut FPMU) have been awarded the Certificate for Forest Management (Natural Forest) and the Certificate for Forest Management (Forest Plantation.v2) respectively on 3 July 2020. The Certificates were awarded by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd following successful certification audit and are valid for five years, subject to continued compliance based on yearly surveillance audits. 

Johor FMU is located within the State of Johor Permanent Forest Reserve covering an area of 285,292.87 ha while the Sapulut FPMU is located in Tibow, Sabah and the certification covers an area of 12,486.42 ha.

New MTCC Chairman’s Debut Visit to MTCC

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 May 2020 – The new chairman of the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Mohamad visited the MTCC office here earlier today. The visit was the first since his appointment on May 11.

During the visit, Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman was briefed by MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon on the roles and functions of MTCC in sustainable forest management and the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) it operates. He expressed great interest in the work of the MTCC and spent almost three and a half hours at the MTCC office to understand better the role of the MTCC in implementing the MTCS.

Also present were Senior Manager (Finance and Administration), Noor Eshah Yat, Senior Manager (Forest Management), Siti Syaliza Mustapha, and Manager (Product), Sabrina Mawasi.    

YBrs Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Mohamad Appointed as MTCC Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 May 2020 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) welcomes Ybrs Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Mohamad as its new Chairman.  The appointment comes into effect on May 11, 2020.

Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Honours) (1997) and a Master of Science in Management Information System (2000) from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He began his career as an IT lecturer at a private college in 2000. He then moved on to join the IT industry for 3 years and other several service industries in the private sector, mainly takaful insurance, and among the positions he has held included Head of Web Integration Division and Head of Management Information System. He honed his skills and expertise in sales and services as well as people management when he managed a takaful and unit trust agency in 2007. Armed with his experience and a flair for entrepreneurship, he started running a business in the oil and gas industry in 2010 until present.       

Congratulating Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman on his appointment, MTCC CEO Yong Teng Koon said MTCC is very honoured to have Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman on board and looks forward to working closely with him in advancing Malaysia’s aspirations and goals for sustainable forest management and certification.

“With his knowledge and experience in services industry and people management, we have no doubt that Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman is poised to provide exemplary leadership to the MTCC Board of Trustees and management team. We also look forward to working closely with him as he would bring a fresh perspective in spearheading the sustainable forest management agenda through the implementation of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme, run by MTCC,” he said. 

YBrs Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Mohamad Dilantik Sebagai Pengerusi MTCC

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 MEI 2020 – Majlis Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia (MTCC) mengalu-alukan pelantikan Ybrs Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman Mohamad sebagai Pengerusi MTCC yang baharu, berkuatkuasa pada 11 Mei 2020.

Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman merupakan pemegang Ijazah Sarjana Muda Pendidikan Sains (Kepujian) (1997) dan Ijazah Sarjana Sains dalam Pengurusan Sistem Maklumat (2000) dari Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Beliau memulakan kariernya sebagai Pensyarah dalam bidang Teknologi Maklumat (IT) di sebuah kolej swasta pada tahun 2000 sebelum meneruskan kerjaya dalam industri perkhidmatan di sektor swasta khusus dalam bidang insurans takaful. Antara jawatan yang pernah disandang beliau adalah sebagai Ketua Bahagian Integrasi Web serta Ketua Bahagian Pengurusan Sistem Maklumat. Kamaruzaman mengasah kemahiran dan kepakarannya dalam bidang jualan, perkhidmatan dan pengurusan sumber manusia ketika berkhidmat di sebuah agensi takaful dan amanah saham pada tahun 2007. Berbekalkan pengalaman serta kebolehan dalam bidang keusahawanan, beliau memulakan perniagaan dalam industri minyak dan gas sejak tahun 2010 sehingga kini.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MTCC, Yong Teng Koon yang menyuarakan ucapan tahniah beliau atas pelantikan tersebut berkata pihak MTCC amat berbesar hati dengan kehadiran Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman bersama MTCC dan amat mengalu-alukan kerjasama untuk merealisasikan aspirasi dan matlamat Malaysia ke arah pengurusan hutan mampan dan pensijilan.

“Dengan pengalaman dan pengetahuan dalam industri perkhidmatan serta pengurusan sumber manusia yang dimiliki beliau, kami yakin Tuan Haji Kamaruzaman akan dapat memimpin Lembaga Pemegang Amanah serta Bahagian Pengurusan MTCC dengan baik. Kami berharap agar dapat bekerjasama dengan baik, serta mengalu-alukan perspektif baharu yang bakal dibawakannya dalam menerajui agenda pengurusan hutan mampan menerusi pelaksanaan Skim Pensijilan Kayu Malaysia yang digerakkan oleh MTCC,” katanya.