Tag: fsc

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EIA denounces FSC move to reinstate Austrian multinational HS Timber

As the COP climate talks begin in Glasgow, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is opening its doors to one of Europe’s worst forest offenders, HS Timber Group. The FSC had disassociated from the company in 2017 following a formal complaint from WWF Germany citing illegal logging in Romania’s forests. Despite the company’s failure to gain […]

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The Lie Behind the Ply

European Consumers of Tropical Plywood have been the Unwitting Drivers of Threatened Forest Degradation Washington, D.C.— In an unprecedented investigation that connects threatened forests of Solomon Islands, China’s timber manufacturing hubs, and European importers, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA-US) reveals today that several European companies appear to have imported thousands of tons of tropical-faced plywood, […]

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FSC’s Christmas present for Schweighofer: Tracing wood is not required

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is disappointed that the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has agreed to a roadmap that would allow Holzindustrie Schweighofer to regain FSC status, without resolving the underlying problem of illegal timber sourcing which led the FSC to cut ties with the Austrian timber giant in February. The Board of Directors of […]

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EIA report ties Schweighofer to illegal logging in Romanian national park

Washington, D.C. — In a recent field investigation in Romania, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found evidence of illegal logging in Romania’s second-largest national park linked to the Austrian timber giant Holzindustrie Schweighofer. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) disassociated itself from Schweighofer in early 2017 due to “clear and convincing evidence” that the company had […]

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Australia Plans to Weaken Ban on Illegal Timber Imports

MELBOURNE – The Australian Government on October 5 released a controversial plan to weaken the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act of 2012 (ILPA). If accepted, wood products from overseas certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) would immediately be accepted for import, and be exempt from critical […]