USS is invested in ASA and/or FSC certified timberland in Australia and US. The scheme ensures that timberland investments have adopted best practice health and safety and environmental management standards through engaging directly with these assets on a regular basis and in some instances having a board position.
Health, safety and environmental performance is a standard agenda item for all board meetings at HQPlantations.
HQPlantations’ forest management systems are independently certified under the Forest Stewardship Council forest management standard and the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS). Both forest certification systems require HQPlantations to meet internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable forest management covering economic, social, environmental and cultural perspectives. Details are described in HQP's Forest Stewardship Plan published in January 2017 at http://www.hqplantations.com.au/stewardship.html#publications
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