Tag: legality-policies

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Forest Stewardship Council cuts ties with Austrian timber giant over illegal wood

BONN, GERMANY – The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) today announced its decision to immediately disassociate from the Austrian timber giant Holzindustrie Schweighofer (Schweighofer), one of its largest members, due to the company’s persistent and indiscriminate sourcing of illegal timber in Romania. The decision follows a year-long investigation by an FSC Expert Panel, which concluded that […]

Illegal logging in the Russian Far East is of particular concern because the forests are home to the last 450 wild Siberian tigers. The Lumber Liquidators case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the name “Operation Oakenshield.”
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Groups urge Forest Stewardship Council to cut ties with Austrian timber giant

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter directed to the Board of Directors of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), EIA has joined other organizations, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), and Campact in urging the FSC to follow its expert panel recommendation to disassociate from Holzindustrie Schweighofer. In December 2016, an FSC expert panel […]

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Depot Deception: New EIA video documents systematic timber laundering by Schweighofer suppliers

  WASHINGTON, DC – A new video released today from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) shows that Romanian suppliers to the Austrian timber giant Holzindustrie Schweighofer (Schweighofer) appear to be systematically laundering logs through real and fictitious log depots to obscure their forest origins. Given the high risk of illegal logging in Romania and the […]

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The Un-Natural Parks: New EIA Video Exposes Illegal and Unsustainable Origins of Schweighofer’s Timber

WASHINGTON, DC – A new video by the U.S.-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) shows that the largest timber processor in Romania, the Austrian company Holzindustrie Schweighofer (Schweighofer), continues to buy logs illegally cut from some of Romania’s most ecologically sensitive forests. This comes more than a year after EIA first exposed the company’s illegal sourcing. […]

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The Ghost Trucks: Schweighofer’s continued sourcing of illegal timber exposed in new EIA video

  WASHINGTON, DC – A new investigation by the U.S.-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) shows that the largest timber processor in Romania, the Austrian company Holzindustrie Schweighofer (Schweighofer), continues to buy illegally cut logs. This comes more than a year after EIA first exposed the company’s illegal sourcing. The full results of EIA’s investigation, carried […]

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EIA Releases Statement on TPP

EIA recognizes new commitment to shut down trade in stolen resources; Does not support TPP due to overall threats to environment WASHINGTON, D.C.—The current model of free trade agreements, including the text released today of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), creates enormous perils for the environment. The race to secure greater access to natural […]