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How our stakeholder management software can help foresters give back to their community

Learn about the ways that the forest industry must conserve land and communities

In Brazil, where INFLOR was founded and still thrives today, the Brazilian Forest Law is a set of rules that protects forests to help maintain biodiversity, prevent soil erosion, and protect water resources. Its detailed requirements include mandating that 35 to 80% of a property owner’s land should be preserved as native vegetation, depending on the biome where your property is located. [1] [2] 

Although there are no regulations in the United States that are as specific as the law in Brazil, there are rules and regulations that U.S. foresters must follow at federal, state, and local levels to ensure sustainable forest management practices and the protection of natural resources.

Utilizing stakeholder management software like INFLOR Sociall is one of the best ways to guarantee your company is following regulations and establishing harmonious relationships with the communities it impacts.

Join us to learn more about the social responsibilities of foresters and how INFLOR Sociall can help.

What regulations do U.S. foresters have to follow?

In the United States, foresters must follow specific conservation rules depending on the governing bodies and ownership and management objectives of the forested land. Some of the standard regulations include: 

  • Developing a forest management plan
  • Following sustainable harvesting practices
  • The Endangered Species Act (ESA) 
  • Heeding water quality regulations
  • The Clean Water Act (CWA) 
  • The Non-Industrial Private Forestland (NIPF) Programs
  • Other state and local regulations 

Are there rules for conserving the communities in which foresters work? 

Certain rules must be followed for protecting indigenous lands in the U.S. based on various laws and regulations to preserve indigenous communities’ rights and interests.

However, the main regulating body that many forestry companies in the U.S. follow is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This organization is governed by a global network of over 1,000 individuals and member organizations representing environmental, social, and economic perspectives. [3]

To be certified by the FSC, a company’s social impact and activities are closely audited. If a company is affecting protected lands or land in which communities live, it is essential to show that they do what they can to give back. 

Related resource:
What is sustainable forest management and how does it contribute to certifications?

How can INFLOR’s stakeholder management software help? 

At INFLOR, we can connect our forest management solution with our stakeholder management solution to prevent problems for our clients before they occur. 

The solution was built for companies that need to meet goals related to stakeholder engagement and/or Indigenous relations. The most interesting thing is that it is not a solution adapted from other businesses or processes to deal with stakeholder relationships, but a solution entirely created to manage these relationships in a secure and integrated way.

“Many forestry companies in Brazil have operations close to lively communities where residents work and play. Many of these organizations have faced complaints from residents due to trucks transporting wood coming too close to their house or complaining of noise from the machines in the field that require them to stop operations until the problem is resolved,” explains Antonio Tatagiba, CEO of INFLOR USA. “When our clients integrate INFLOR Forest and INFLOR Sociall, they can start their communications with neighborhoods that they’ll be harvesting months in advance to see their historical information and understand the problems that the community has faced in the past to get ahead of possible roadblocks.”

INFLOR Sociall can even help its users create donations to the community because monetarily investing in them can create goodwill. Some companies will paint houses in the neighborhood or assist in improving their roads so that the residents will not do anything to stop the company from carrying out their operations. 

“Our solution helps our clients show their stakeholders the full profile of their social inventory and how they invest in communities,” says Antonio. “Whether it’s creating schools, training residents to work for them, or another effort entirely, it’s all social investment that goes to the final reports of the year to show how they invest in their community.” 

Learn more:
Why a sustainable forest investment is key to diversifying your portfolio

Find the solution you need in INFLOR Sociall!

With INFLOR Sociall, you can organize and centralize the management of your private social investments to generate more efficiency and transparency for your company. What used to be recorded without analysis and further developments now gains an aligned purpose, effective actions, agility, and assertiveness with INFLOR Sociall.

Our stakeholder relationship management solution offers:

  • Ombudsman
  • Requester’s portal
  • Community dialogue
  • Stakeholders engagement
  • Relationship history
  • Assessment tools
  • Social inventory
  • Monitoring
  • Electronic flows

Ready to explore our stakeholder management software?
Find out more about INFLOR Sociall or schedule a meeting with our team.


1: The Nature Conservancy | Brazilian Amazon – The Forest Code: Using Law to Protect the Amazon

2: Embrapa | Forest Code

3: Forest Stewardship Council | How the FSC system works

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