On-going Consultation

NCCF Safeboards: Standards and Certification Scheme (SBCS)


Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF), a not for profit organization of India, was established in January 2015 and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. NCCF is actively promoting sustainable management of natural resources and sustainable consumerism through the mechanism of certification. We have developed/are developing globally benchmarked and India specific sustainability standards for various constituents of our natural resource base, viz; forests, trees outside forests, non-wood forest produce, protected areas and wetlands, quality planting material, ecotourism, biomass and biofuels, land degradation neutrality, etc., as our core activity, besides engaged in policy advocacy, awareness raising and capacity building in and multi-stakeholders engagements.

Introduction
Composite wood products have emerged as the most widely used and dominant building materials over the last three decades owing to their characteristics, viz; light weight, corrosion-free, insulation and cost-effectiveness. The boards, however, do not provide a healthy indoor air quality to the occupants owing to the resins and chemicals used in their production and continuous emissions from their usage even after years of installation.

Formaldehyde emissions are a threat to all the stakeholders of plywood industry in terms of economic development, health effects and foreign trade. Sustainable and low-emitting furniture products have high demand in international markets and huge potential for domestic consumption as well.

Purpose
Safeboards: Standards and Certification Scheme (SBCS) are developed to provide certification to composite wood product manufacturers.

These Standards are developed in a way to ensure that the product in scope, whenever and wherever passes through a process in value chain, is compliant with the requirements of these Standards.

The implementation of the Standards aims to enable the organisations to provide accurate and verifiable information that the product has been certified by an accredited/approved third party certification body.
Their development aims to encourage the composite wood products exports and compliance required towards human health regulations in the country and at the international levels.
Public Consultation (60 Days) on Draft Safeboards: Standards and Certification Scheme (V0.3)

Public /Stakeholder consultation is a significant part of NCCF’s Standard Setting Process. We are glad to inform you that with lot of inputs from our esteemed members, Safeboards team, and with guidance of our Chairperson, we were able to finalize Zero Draft of Safeboards: Standards and Certification Scheme (V0.3). We invite and appreciate feedback from everyone on the Draft Safeboards: Standards and Certification Scheme (V0.3) during the 60 days consultation. All the stakeholders are invited to submit their comments and inputs on the draft document as per the following instructions to the below mentioned email id.

Email: safeboards@nccf.in
Consultation Period: February 5, 2021 till April 6, 2021

Public Consultation documents can be downloaded from here.

Zero Draft Standard (NCCF-STD-SBCS-V 0.3/2021)

Instruction Sheet for Comments

Comment Sheet
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Sustainable Develo​pment is a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, while addressing the global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. Sustainability is being internalized in almost every sector, including the fashion and textiles sector. This industry is an important driver of Indian economy, impacting fashion and our lifestyles, meeting domestic requirements, creating sizeable employment and export opportunities. The sector is, however, inherently unsustainable, often with negative impacts on the environment due to high demand and speedy production. The clothing brands, organizations, industries and fashion conscious personalities are coming forward to uphold sustainability of the environment and slowly moving towards more sustainable practices and sources of fabric (e.g. EcoVero, Hemp, Bamboo fibre, Coir, Ramie fibres), setting new trends in the fashion industry. Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF), a not for profit organization of India, is actively engaged in diverse conservation activities including, development of globally benchmarked and India specific sustainability certification standards for various constituents of our natural resource base, as its core wor​king area. Through a campaign, Forest for Fashion- India, NCCF intend to sensitize the designers and fashion brands aware about sourcing sustainable and alternative raw materials (fibres) from sustainably managed and certified forests, impacts of deforestation due to use of dissolving pulps, and to encourage the industry to use only sustainable materials in their supply chain. NCCF is committed to collaborate with the key and supporting stakeholders from the fashion industry including the raw material suppliers, retailers, manufacturers, packaging units, fashion and design institutes, central ministries, state governments, corporates , experts and many more to sensitize and spread awareness about sourcing and use of certified forest fibres. Many stakeholders and members of industry and industry associations have expressed interest in the Forests for Fashion Campaign.  
Read the entire concept for more information.
 
Interested stakeholders can share their inputs by writing to us at (consultation@nccf.in/upasna.singh@nccf.in)

Concept Note Forests for Fashion India Campaign