Drones & Audits

Drones & Audits

Linking business with pleasure provides innovative solutions. Trials applying a DJI Phantom drone under canopy introduce quantifiable evidence to forest audits. Launching through a gap in the canopy increases line of sight from some 50 m to 5,000 m.

Auditors, wise people?

Someone’s interpretation of third party certification:

Wise people come and judge how other people are doing and if they’re doing OK, as defined by a standard, a certificate can be issued.

One must be really ignorant to even assume that auditors (1) are wise people, or (2) judge anybody. Auditors verify that the evidence provided by stakeholders (including the auditee) complies with a standard. It isn’t rocket science, and often a real no-brainer. Yet, sadly enough auditors apply that no-brainer also to the more challenging requirements of a standard…

Complaints Procedures, (not) for greater good?

Complaints Procedures, (not) for greater good?

It remains a mystery to me why ‘the sole National Accreditation Body that performs accreditation with authority derived from the [Italian] State’ (Accredia) can accredit ‘the locally licensed representative of AJA Registrars in Indonesia’ (AJA Sertifikasi Indonesia). The distance (over 11,000 kilometres) – and related cultural differences – as well as substantial language gaps (Italian – English – Indonesian) seriously challenge any supervision of a wayward certification body. Accreditation really should be the domain of the Indonesian government!

The falsified signatures can be recognized as separate scans added to the reports.
The falsified signatures can be recognized as separate scans added to the reports.

However, things being as they are this meant a complaint concerning AJA – such as altered findings and falsified signatures in audit documents – has to go through Accredia. But this procedure is not for the faint at heart, and one can expect some serious bureaucrazy along the way.

First of all, be advised that Accredia does not respond to complaint by email only! One needs to fill in a complaints template, after translating it as this is ‘only in Italian. Also, make sure to activate ‘Delivery Status Notification’ and ‘Return Receipt’ before sending any emails to Accredia. (It ignored all my emails without these options activated.) And, be ready to – repeatedly – request an acknowledgment of your complaint! Continue reading

Open letter concerning ongoing complaint (was Re: R: R: Update)

Open letter concerning ongoing complaint (was Re: R: R: Update)

Dear Ilaria and Martine,

The falsified signatures can be recognized as separate scans added to the reports.
The falsified signatures can be recognized as separate scans added to the reports.

Nearly 9 months have now passed since I raised a complaint with Accredia, and presented detailed evidence that AJA falsified a dozen audit documents. I have repeatedly proven that AJA abused my signature and significantly changed my conclusions. I have received little or no substantial information from Accredia concerning my complaint, let alone any evidence disproving my complaint. Notably, I have not yet received any substantiated reply from Accredia regarding my email from February 3rd, well over 5 months ago!

EA Document # EA-1/17 S3 A: 2011 (link), clause 2.1.5 states: If the EA Member has not been able to make satisfactory progress in the resolution of a complaint within a reasonable length of time, the complainant has the right to refer the matter to EA for resolution using this procedure. The EA Member should keep the complainant informed of progress being made in dealing with the complaint. Kindly inform me at your earliest convenience what – within the context of my complaint – you consider: Continue reading

[LINK] The Root of the Problem What’s Driving Tropical Deforestation Today?

ucs_rootoftheproblem_driversofdeforestation_fullreportDeforestation and forest degradation have been occurring for thousands of years. But why? And what are the causes of these changes—the “drivers” of deforestation? In this report, the Union of Concerned Scientists explains these drivers and shows that they have changed fundamentally in the twenty-first century.

For many years, tropical deforestation was attributed to expanding populations of subsistence farmers cutting down the forest for small-scale agriculture and firewood. But many recent scientific studies show that large, commercial agriculture and timber enterprises are the principal agents of tropical deforestation, which is responsible for about 15 percent of global warming pollution worldwide. The drivers of deforestation differ by region: soy and cattle are key in South America while timber, paper, and palm oil are more important in Southeast Asia.

The demand for these products is global and originates primarily in urban areas. Recent actions to deal with some of the drivers of deforestation, such as pressure to change the soybean industry in Brazil, have proven successful, showing how deforestation can be slowed — and even stopped — in the next few decades.

Read more here.