About SCS Africa
SCS Global Services established a regional office in Accra, Ghana – headed by Dr. Richard Bonsi in September 2012. SCS is a global third-party certification body, specializing in natural resource, agriculture, and environmental claims certification – with a strong specialization in forestry, fisheries, legality verification, coffee and other agricultural products. Please contact our office in Ghana for more information.
Our Africa Services
- BIFMA LEVEL®
- Carbon Footprint Calculation
- Carbon Offset Verification
- Certified Responsible Source™ Textiles
- Environmental Claims Validation
- Environmental Product Declarations
- Environmentally Preferable Product
- Formaldehyde Emissions Regulations (CARB/EPA Rule)
- Greenhouse Gas Verification
- IRMA Certification
- Lead Safe Paint
- Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)
- Recycled Content Certification
- Sustainable Carpet Certification
Building Business Value Through Sustainability
Richard BonsiAfricaRegional Representative, Africa
Dr. Richard Bonsi became SCS’ Representative for Africa in 2012 after working at the company’s headquarters in California for almost four years. While in California, he engaged in technical review, auditing and technical support to over 600 clients and partners including auditors based in the U.S., Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia. In his current role, he has focused on business prospecting, project management, auditor recruitment, capacity development, client management and auditing, on behalf of SCS in Africa. His experience of 25 years spans several areas in the natural resources sector including third-party auditing in forestry and forest products, monitoring and evaluation, research, value chain studies, business competitiveness, marketing, agricultural improvement, business development and environmental sustainability. Since 2014, Richard has led the independent monitoring of the timber legality assurance system (LAS) of the Ghana-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). He is a certified lead auditor in ISO 9001, FSC Chain of Custody and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). He has conducted FSC Chain of Custody audits in the United States, Canada, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana, on behalf of SCS. He has also conducted RSPO audits for SCS in Ghana and Nigeria. In the early years of his career, he worked in leading Ghanaian timber companies such as Logs & Lumber Limited, Ghana Primewood Products Limited and Samartex Timber & Plywood Company Limited. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a Master’s of Business Administration in International Management of Resources and Environment from TU Bergakakademie Freiberg Business School in Germany, and a Ph.D. in Forestry and Forest Products from Virginia Tech, USA.
Stanley MathuramAfrica, Canada, India / South Asia, Middle East, Southeast AsiaExecutive Vice President
Stanley Mathuram is the Executive Vice President at SCS Global Services; he oversees global business development and growth. A member of the company executive team with extensive operational and technical expertise, he plays a key role in driving business strategy, organizational development, and critical project management.
Prior to SCS, Stanley worked for companies such as Michigan Steel, Inc., AECOM, The Mannik & Smith group, Inc., and DLZ Corporation. As a consultant, he prepared furniture manufacturers for certification to BIFMA level®, and helped guide businesses in the development of Triple Bottom Line and corporate social responsibility strategies, principles of lean manufacturing, renewable energy contract development, environmental compliance, and remedial design. Since joining the SCS team, he has been instrumental in educating industry leaders about the value of third-party certification. His focus on creating a culture of transparency, teamwork, and communication has helped drive the growth and performance of SCS’ services, while reinforcing client satisfaction.
Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the major U.S. furniture manufacturing hubs, Stanley travels extensively to represent SCS at industry conferences and events.B.S., Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India M.S., Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University, MI P.E. Licensed Professional Engineer