September 25th to 29th: FSC Forest Week 2023

We kickstarted FSC Forest Week 2023, themed “Trust the Tree” with a presentation at Tetra Pak Malaysia’s Green Day for staff, focused on sustainable sourcing.

FW2023 tetra pak

Sunway Group had also kindly supported FSC Forest Week 2023 by featuring videos about sustainable forest management and FSC by Blackpink, Jisoo and Treasure – artists of YG Entertainment who is an FSC Promotional Licence Holder, at Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Velocity and Sunway Carnival. If you did not manage to catch this, here’s the link to the videos:

Forest Week 2023  Sunway

FW2023 bearAnd last but not least, through an event organised by Kimberly-Clark Malaysia, we spent the last day of FSC Forest Week 2023 appreciating and celebrating nature and forests in the beautiful Taman Tugu, Kuala Lumpur (an urban forest park).

From a forest walk, learning about the importance of forests in addressing climate change, protecting biodiversity and providing vital ecosystem services that are essential to all lives on earth,

… to a hands-on planting workshop and learning about water and the crucial role of forests in providing clean water.

… to a better understanding of how FSC has dedicated the past three decades to providing solutions to forest managers, smallholders, businesses and consumers in ensuring healthy, resilient Forests For All Forever.

Thank you to all our partners for making this year’s FSC Forest Week such a memorable experience! Kimberly-Clark (FSC-C114474), Tetra Pak Malaysia (FSC-C014047), Sunway Malls (FSC-N003059), Free Tree Society Kuala Lumpur, Taman Tugu and WWF Malaysia (FSC-N002643).

Here is our social media post of the event.

FW2023 KC tugu


October and November: promoting sustainable forestry at national conferences as one of the key solutions to climate and biodiversity crises

We had two wonderful opportunities to present about FSC, the work that we do to promote sustainable forest management, how FSC contributes to addressing climate change and biodiversity loss issues, our role in the new EUDR and the role of sustainable finance in supporting sustainable forest management.

1. JC3 Journey to Zero Conference 2023

FSC Malaysia’s Country Director was invited by the Joint Committee on Climate Change (JC3) to speak at the JC3 Journey to Zero Conference 2023 on 23-25 October 2023 at Sasana Kijang, Kuala Lumpur. We shared about the work of FSC and its link to sustainable finance, at a Thematic Breakout Session on Sustainable Forestry alongside speakers:

  • Allen Lian (Responsible Forestry Manager, WWF Malaysia)
  • Geoffrey Seeto (Managing Director, New Forests, Singapore)
  • Datuk Jeffri Abd Rasid (Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Forest Fund)
  • Moderator: Perpetua George (Managing Director, Biodiversity Lead – Asia Pacific Sustainability, PwC Malaysia).

The JC3 is a platform established in September 2019 to pursue collaborative actions for building climate resilience within the Malaysian financial sector. The JC3 is co-chaired by Datuk Jessica Chew Cheng Lian, Deputy Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia and Datuk Kamarudin Hashim, Managing Director of Securities Commission Malaysia, with members comprising senior officials from Bursa Malaysia and 21 financial industry players. 

2. National Green Furniture Symposium 2023

FSC Malaysia’s Country Director presented “Woodworking Sustainably with FSC” at the The National Green Furniture Symposium 2023 themed “Sustaining the Industry Towards a Circular Economy”, which was organised by the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) in collaboration with the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB). One of the key messages is that sustainable timber (sourced from sustainably managed forests) is one of the imperative solutions to a low-carbon economy.

First piece of wood-furniture made locally carrying the FSC-label

Proud moment. We are super happy to be able to contribute the little that we did to make this project as meaningful as possible – connecting an FSC-certified supplier and a local wood-maker that creates customised products with the project owner!

The Project? A WWF-MY 50th anniversary time-capsule, encased in a table made of red meranti from our local forests, to be opened in 2033!

FSC-certified wood table

Big thank you’s to:

  1. Maran Timber Sdn Bhd, FSC certificate holder since 2006 (FSC-C019109) for their kind generosity in contributing the red meranti wood which was sourced from Asrama Raya Sdn Bhd (FSC-C135483) who has a 10,000 hectare concession within the Petuang Forest Reserve in Hulu Trengganu that has obtained FSC Forest Management certification since 2019.
  2. Ignition Lab PLT (FSC-C195612), for all their efforts in getting FSC-certified quickly for this project. Ignition Lab provides creative wood-working workshops and customises wood products
  3. Sha Roose, for the lovely, intricate design

FSC Forest Management Community (FMC) Annual General Meeting

FMC 2023Held in Vilnius, Lithuania this year, our annual FMC meet-up was rewarding, filled with knowledge exchange and experiences. We visited an FSC-certified forest and an FSC certificate holder’s wood processing facilities, fostering camaraderie among FSC colleagues from over 30 countries. Gratitude to our colleagues, Alba Solis and Aidas Pivoriūnas for their exceptional organisation and planning of the meeting!