GFA Certification GmbH first CB accredited for Vietnamese Forest Certification Scheme

On 17th of January 2020 GFA Certification GmbH (GFA) became the first Certification Body being accredited for certification services according to the Vietnamese Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS). […]

The accreditation process included a desk review of the relevant procedures, an office assessment to assess the implementation of the required quality management system, and a witnessaudit of the first pilot client in Vietnam. GFA Certification GmbH complied with all accreditation requirements and is authorized to offer certification services for the VFCS.

The VFCS plans to receive recognition from PEFC International in order to be able to deliver to the global supply chains.


Interested companies should contact us or our local office in Hanoi under or +84 43 94 30 75 2.

GFA reduces CO2 footprint of air travel

Climate-friendly traveling is one of our basic principles. However, occasional air travel cannot be completely avoided in a globally positioned business operation. For this reason, GFA Certification GmbH compensates for CO2  emissions from air travel by the employees. For this purpose, certificates of the Project Carbon Offset Africa have been acquired for 2019. The project not only reduces CO2  emissions, but also combats deforestation and poor health conditions through the introduction of efficient cook stoves in the project region in Malawi. […]

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UNFCCC Certificate

RIPPLE Africa Certificate – GFA Certification GmbH

Once again above-average ratings by ASI in the FSC certification

For the third time in a row, GFA has been confirmed in the annual quality assessment by the accreditation body of the FSC System (Assurance Services International) to apply the highest quality in the implementation of  certification services.  The evaluation showed that the quality of the internal management system is far above the average of all FSC Certification Bodies. […]

On behalf of the FSC, ASI controls whether the certification bodies meet the requirements of FSC certification.  The assessment procedure is carried out in several audits distributed throughout the year at the Certification Bodie´s headquarters, at cooperation partners and in the form of witness audits at the Certification Bodie´s customers. The quality of the certification procedures and the audit implementation is checked. Strict guidelines are applied, which can lead to a suspension of the certifier concerned in the event of serious non compliances regarding the FSC accreditation requirements.

More yield through more sustainable production of palm oil – GFA supports FONAP project for small farmers in Malaysia

GFA Certification GmbH and other FONAP members support a small holder project in Malaysia. Selected small farmers in Malaysia will be better integrated into the global palm oil supply chains. In this way, GFA and other members of the FONAP are actively supporting the promotion of more sustainable farming methods in Palmoil producing countries. The new phase lasts one year and is carried out as part of a cooperation between FONAP and WWF Germany and the Malaysian NGO Wild Asia. […]

One goal is the training of small farmers in their use of more sustainable cultivation methods, such as the use of organic fertiliser. For this purpose, demonstration plots on plantations are to be set up for training purposes.

Another goal is the traceability of palm oil along global supply chains to the plantation, which is a major challenge and is the second core issue of the project. The aim is to promote transparency along the supply chain (from the cultivated area to the oil mill) by means of a mobile app. For this purpose,  Koltiva’s PalmoilTrace  –  FarmGate app is used by a test group of certified smallholders and traders for weighing and recording harvest quantities.

“The FONAP members are very much looking forward to continuing to work with WWF and Wild Asia. The use of digital technologies, with which we are taking a big step forward together, seems to be particularly promising. Digitalization in agriculture is an important development field,” says FONAP CEO Almut Feller.

The cooperation partner Wild Asia already has several years of experience in supporting small farmers in Malaysia and Indonesia. Wild Asia also successfully uses IT solutions such as cloud platforms and mobile apps in its work. Dr. Reza Azmi, Director of Wild Asia, explains:

“With the app, we can record transactions from certified small producers and palm oil retailers. This makes the traceability of certified palm oil complete. We will train the use to enable their application even for a growing group of producers.”

The second phase of the FONAP project builds on the experience of the first phase. The first phase of the project lasted from July 2018 to June 2019 and was implemented in the Perak/Malaysia region.

The aim of the first phase of the project was to obtain feedback on the basis on the four additional criteria of FONAP and to test their applicability and feasibility for small farmers. Additional criteria include:

– stopping cultivation on peatsoils and other areas with a high carbon content,

– stopping the use of highly dangerous pesticides,

– Application of strict reduction targets for greenhouse gases

– and ensuring that certified palm oil mills source raw material (Fresh Fruit Bunches) exclusively from legal cultivation.

“We are taking a very positive view of the first phase of the project,” says Ilka Petersen from WWF Germany. “We worked with the small farmers to see the impact of producing with less chemistry. On the pilot farms, they have even achieved higher yields.”

The Forum Sustainable Palm Oil e.V. is an association of companies, associations, non-governmental organisations and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The association is supported by the BMEL through the specialist agency For Renewable Raw Materials (FNR). The aim of FONAP is to jointly develop viable solutions for improving practices in the palm oil sector. The current 51 members of the Sustainable Palm Oil Forum have made a commitment to use 100 percent certified palm oil. Another goal of FONAP is to improve the recognized certification systems and to increase the use of certified palm oil both nationally and internationally.