Certification is seen as key to the future of Summit Forests. It provides marketing and economic advantages for our forest products but more importantly, it ensures that the management of our resource is carried out under responsible forest management principles. Summit’s forests was certified in early 2013, and is re-audited annually to ensure we are performing above the required standard. Additionally, every 5 years we undergo a major re-audit and recertification. The estate was previously FSC certified under Juken NZ (since 2008). For further information about the Forest Stewardship Council®, please visit www.fsc.org
Details of the current FSC Certificate can be viewed here: Please click on this link
We take Health and Safety very seriously. Here is a link to our Health & Safety Policy: GC-001 Health and Safety Policy Summary
Please click the following link to access the HSE Annual Monitoring Review of the Northland Estate for the period 1st April 2019-31st March 2020 HSE Annual Review 19-20
Monitoring of our operations, the environment and all aspects of our business performance can only improve Summit’ overall performance as: • A manager of sustainable forest resources; and • A significant contributor to sound environmental management; and • A good corporate citizen and employer. The objective of our monitoring is to ensure Summit’s performance (in all areas of our business) is regularly measured and key performance indicators assessed for continual improvement. The purpose of monitoring for Summit is to compare actual performance against legal requirements, company standards, environmental objectives / targets, and to initiate corrective or preventative action when required. Summaries of our monitoring programmes are all publicly available upon request.
Current monitoring operations include: • Health and Safety monitoring of the workforce • Operational activities and compliance • Rare, threatened and endangered species • Monitoring of indigenous forest within our estate • Annual monitoring of in-stream values • Compliance with conditions of resource consents • Forest health surveys • Chemical use • Forest yield reconciliations (predicted volumes versus actual recovery) • Public use of the forest • Public feedback • The efficacy of pest control operations (plant and animal pests) • Changes to legislation