Problem certificates risk global credibility

Publication - May 25, 2011
Greenpeace and many other Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) members and stakeholders are seriously concerned that an increasing number of FSC certificates are being granted around the world to logging companies that do not meet the international principles and criteria for forest stewardship, or key policies and standards.

Greenpeace believes that, globally, buying timber and paper products bearing the FSC label remains the best way available way to ensure these products come from environmentally and socially responsible sources. Over the past years, however, Greenpeace has collated evidence

of several controversial certificates. We have identified systematic weaknesses within the FSC system1, including:

• lack of guidance on how to manage large unfragmented forest areas2 and other High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs);

• lack of guidance on the feasibility/suitability of operating in ‘high risk’ regions;

• lack of controlled wood and chain-of-custody integrity; and

• lack of effort to address poor on-the-ground performance, especially with relation to largescale logging operations.

2 Also known as Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs), see

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