Johannesburg, 21 May 2013 – Greenpeace Africa welcomes the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) decision to disassociate from the timber multinational Danzer Group following a complaint that one of the company’s former subsidiaries was involved in human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The landmark decision comes some 18 months after Greenpeace filed a complaint with the certification organisation after finding that the then subsidiary Siforco was linked with violent acts by local authorities against communities in Yalisika protesting against the company’s logging operations.
“Greenpeace is pleased FSC is showing that its Policy for Association has teeth and is not risking its reputation by being associated with the Danzer Group due to its involvement to human rights violations. We find this landmark decision critical for the credibility of FSC.” says Raoul Monsembula, DRC Country Coordinator, Forest Campaign, Greenpeace Africa
“This case shows that FSC needs to urgently establish certification safeguards in high risk areas where there are high levels of corruption, and where good governance, the rule of law, and organized civil society are all lacking.”
Disassociation means that all of the Danzer Group’s FSC forest management and chain-of-custody certificates across the globe will be revoked for a minimum of one year.
The decision means Danzer can only re-associate under strict conditions. It is important that the interests of the victims in Yalisika are put first due to the fact that there is not a strong environment for responsible forest management in the Congo Basin.
For media contacts:
Raoul Monsembula, DRC Country Coordinator, Forest Campaign, Greenpeace Africa +243 9990 10900,
Alexa Phillips, Communications Coordinator, Forest Campaign, Greenpeace Africa, +27 79 894 5277,
The Policy for Association (PfA) was adopted by FSC in 2009 to require any company (and including the company entity = parent and subsidiaries with a minimum of 50% ownership) it associates with to be committed to the basic fundamentals of responsible forest management.
SGSCH-COC-002521 Danzer Group AG, SGSCH-COC-004595 Interholco AG, SGS-FM/COC-005921 IFO, TT-COC-001511 Danzer UKa