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New HCSA SG Member: Aidenvironment

The HCSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce HCSA’s newest Steering Group member, Aidenvironment.

Aidenvironment is a not-for-profit research, advisory and implementing consultancy. They create sustainability impact in agricultural and forest landscapes across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Aidenvironment believes in a sustainable world where there is respect for people and nature; where irreversible damage to ecosystems is avoided; where global production, trade, finance and consumption are fair and sustainable; and where governments, companies and civil society organizations work together. As a non-profit Aidenvironment wants to contribute to the world’s global challenges with innovative solutions.

Aidenvironment came on board as a HCSA TSO member on 24 November 2020. For more information, see their website https://www.aidenvironment.org/

CALL FOR TENDERS: DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIALISATION MATERIALS FOR SUPPLIERS/SMALL MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SMES)

The HCSA is calling for tenders for consultancy services to support the HCSA’s effort in developing socialisation materials for Suppliers/ Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs). For more information, download the ToR for this tender here.

If you have the relevant experience and are interested, please send in your proposal and quotation to the HCSA Secretariat at info@highcarbonstock.org by Tuesday, 3 November 2020 at 5.30 pm (Malaysia time). For all queries relating to this tender please also contact info@highcarbonstock.org. Thank you.

PRESS RELEASE: Strategic HCSA-HCVRN collaboration to strengthen conservation of tropical forests and boost critical values for nature and people

24 September 2020 – HCV Resource Network (HCVRN) and the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their collaboration to conserve forests and uphold community rights in tropical forests. The two approaches can be used together to identify and conserve forests and their values – greatly contributing to efforts to mitigate climate change, build climate resilience, protect biodiversity and ecosystem services, and support livelihoods and respect community rights and cultural values.

The HCS and HCV approaches are cornerstones of corporate no deforestation and conservation commitments for many companies, and increasingly for actors working at different scales. The collaboration aims to further support effective implementation of these commitments through increased uptake of the HCV and HCS tools. For more information, download the complete press release.

For more information on how the HCS and HCV approaches work together see our new joint briefing note Coupling HCS and HCV Approaches to protect forests, biodiversity, and livelihoods here.

VACANCIES: HCSA SECRETARIAT

The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) is hiring to fill several positions within the HCSA Secretariat. Please find the following vacancies:

2The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) is looking for a Membership & Communications Officer to support HCSA Executive Director, Membership Committee (MC) and Technical Manager on HCSA Membership applications and overall membership services. This position will also support the HCSA Executive Director on HCSA communications.

For more information, please download the Job Description:
HCSA Membership & Communications Officer JD

If you have the relevant experience and are interested in any of the positions above, please send in your CV and cover letter to the HCSA Secretariat at info@highcarbonstock.org by Monday, 30 November 2020. Thank you.

REVISED SOCIAL REQUIREMENTS AND IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE NOW PUBLISHED

The revised Social Requirements and Implementation Guide are now available on the HCSA website link here.

In April 2020, the revised Social Requirements were approved by the HCSA Steering Group and Executive Committee, along with the Implementation Guide.  All 14 of the Social Requirements are now final and are required as part of implementing the HCSA Toolkit. The  Implementation Guide provides advice on how best to understand and apply the Social Requirements.  Indonesian and French versions of the SRs and IG will be added to the website later in 2020. To assist in the implementation of HCSA toolkit , training materials and webinars on key parts of the Social Requirements will be added to  the HCSA website in late 2020 and during 2021.


HCSA SG Annual Membership Fees Upon Resignation

HCSA Steering Group members pay annual fees as part of their membership commitments and contributions to the HCSA initiative. The annual contribution fees are invoiced to organisation representatives at the beginning of the year by the HCSA Secretariat.

HCSA relies heavily of member’s contribution fee to run its operation. The sudden resignation of some of our SG members recently without settling their outstanding fee has disrupted the organisation’s stability and going concern. The ‘HCSA Membership Fee Upon Resignation Guideline’ aims to resolve the problem.

For more information, please download the guideline.

Invitation to Participate in HCSA Latin America Draft Implementation Strategies Survey

The deadline to participate in the survey (English version: here & Spanish version: here) on draft strategies for promoting the uptake of the HCSA methodology in Latin America in order to prevent commodity-driven deforestation of tropical forests has been extended to 14th July 2020. Please contact the HCSA secretariat to request copies of the draft strategies at info@highcarbonstock.org. Thank you.

Draft HCSA Grievance Mechanism published for consultation

The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) is developing a Grievance Mechanism to ensure a timely, independent, fair, and effective resolution of complaints concerning breaches by HCSA members of the HCSA Steering Group Code of Conduct and the application of the HCSA methodology. The HCSA Grievance Mechanism will exist to escalate complaints that cannot be resolved by the grievance mechanisms of HCSA members.

HCSA is conducting a 20-day public consultation of its Grievance Mechanism draft document.

You can download the document using this link. Feedback is welcome from any interested stakeholder. Comments can be made directly in the PDF document or in an email.

Please send feedback and any questions to QA@highcarbonstock.org.

Please send feedback by 6 July 2020.