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CSA Z809 Sustainable Forest Management Certification 

KPMG, through KPMG Performance Registrar Inc., is an accredited certifier that offers management system assessment, training and certification services to assist organizations in meeting the requirements of the Canadian Standards Association's Z809 Standard.

 

Canada's National Sustainable Forest Management Standard, CAN/CSA Z809 refers to the way a forest is managed to maintain and enhance the long-term health of forest ecosystems for current and future generations.

 

This national standard is unique in that it includes the following components:

 

  • Public participation – ongoing involvement and dialogue with community stakeholders
  • Performance – requires compliance with Canadian Council of Forest Ministers’ set of Sustainable Forest Management criteria
  • Systems – goes beyond other standards to implement, track and monitor performance.


The Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Standard utilizes a continual improvement approach, and takes into account environmental, social and economic factors. Companies are required to conduct a Third Party independent audit to become certified to the standard. When implemented effectively, the standard gives the community a voice in the way their forests are managed.

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Sustainable Insight: Gearing up for green bonds

 

Sustainable Insight: Gearing up for green bonds

KPMG International has released a new guide, Sustainable Insight: Gearing up for green bonds [PDF 2.8 Mb], aimed at helping private and public sector organizations to overcome challenges commonly experienced when issuing green bonds. Green bonds are an increasingly attractive mechanism for organizations to raise capital to fund projects with an environmental benefit, such as renewable energy, low carbon transport or forestry projects. Eight years ago, green bonds did not exist, but fast forward to 2014 and the value of green bonds stood at more than US$53 billion outstanding.

 

The topic of green bonds is gaining attention in Canada, as many organizations are beginning to assess whether issuing a green bond is the right course of action and seek to understand the process involved.

 

Gearing up for Green Bonds addresses five key questions that organizations typically ask, including:

 

  1. Should we label our bond 'green'?
  2. How do we define what makes the bond 'green'?
  3. What should we report on after issuing the bond?
  4. What type of external assurance should we seek?
  5. How can we avoid accusation of 'greenwash'?

 

If you have any questions about this report or would like further information, please get in touch.

 

Additional Sustainable Insight publications can be downloaded here.