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What is Balanced Representation?

UK--stakeholderBalanced representation does not only mean that you have a lot of different interest around the table. It also means that the different interests receive balanced emphasis. No interest group may dominate the process.

It is important to reach out to as many stakeholders and interest groups as possible to engage them in the process.

Once the process is ongoing, it is important to put due consideration into how to ensure a balanced process and decision-making structure.

A typical example of unbalanced representation is a working group consisting of four different interest groups, where three groups have only one representative and the fourth group has four. These four people could, by their sheer number, dominate the process and overrule the others. This can be avoided by ensuring that the number of representatives is equally distributed across the interest groups.

Another solution is setting up a voting system where interest groups have an equal vote, regardless of the number of representatives.

"The participatory process required for the development of certification standards is to ensure that the inputs and views from all the relevant and interested parties are considered. To enable participation in such consultations, MTCC has been providing financial assistance to some of the smaller NGOs. Every effort is taken to ensure that the standard setting process is balanced in representation, transparent and participatory in approach."
Yong Teng Koon
Malaysian Timber Certification Council
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