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Singapore, 7 May 2019: The Singapore Environment Council’s (SEC) has been awarded ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation for its enhanced Singapore Labelling Scheme (SGLS) certification under pulp and paper category, the first NGO certifying body to receive the accreditation.


SEC pioneered the enhanced SGLS. The ISO/ IEC 17065 accreditation is further validation that SEC’s enhanced SGLS processes are based on impartial, independent, sound, reliable risk management profiling. This ensures that corporate governance at Board and management levels are owned.

The accreditation process has seen SEC’s certification procedures and operating processes audited against the highest international standards that certification programmes can be exposed to. With the ISO 17065 accreditation, SEC’s enhanced SGLS now has the distinction of being the first such certification in the world to receive this accolade. The enhanced SGLS uses a comprehensive risk management profiling to complement its more extensive qualification criteria, especially in fire management and peatland management. This enables SEC to provide full risk management profiling to systematically review practices and enable surveillance over the entire supply chain management of the pulp and paper applicants, which includes plantations, mills, secondary mills, products and distributors.

Ms Jen Teo, Executive Director, Singapore Environment Council, said: “The ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation is another international milestone for SEC as the enhanced SGLS validates and upholds standards in accordance with international accreditation. Overall, SEC’s Green Labelling Scheme is a globally recognised certification already under the Global Ecolabelling Network. Once the product is green labelled, it is recognised in over 40 countries.

SEC has also applied for the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL) accreditation this year, and it will be the next milestone to validate our good practices and endorse SEC’s open, rigorous and accessible certification system. It validates especially the surveillance of social aspects of businesses.” 

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