Amsterdam, 15 September 2021 – Greenpeace International has filed a formal complaint to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International against Swedish forestry giant Sveaskog for repeated breaches of the indigenous rights of the Muonio Sámi peoples.
“In support of the Indigenous rights of the Muonio Sámi we have lodged a complaint to FSC questioning their certification of Sveaskog. A core FSC principle is respect for the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples such as the Sámi, yet in the last 4 years Sveaskog have repeatedly breached this principle,” said Grant Rosoman, Senior Advisor Forests Solutions for Greenpeace International.
FSC Principle 3 as well as the Swedish National Forest Stewardship Standard requires companies to “identify and uphold Indigenous Peoples’ legal and customary rights of ownership, use and management of land, territories and resources.” Greenpeace International has filed the complaint to FSC International via their complaints and appeals system. This has come about after years of complaints by the Muonio Sámi community and public attention on Sveaskog not respecting their customary rights.
“We cannot stand by and allow forestry giant Sveaskog to bully and disrespect the Muonio Sámi. As Sveaskog was one of the first companies in the world to be FSC certified in 1998, we expect them to know and uphold FSC’s principles. That Sveaskog remains certified until today despite years of complaints, means FSC International and FSC Sweden are indirectly supporting the company’s disregard of the Sámi indigenous rights. Because of the seriousness of the breach of rules and lack of any progress locally we have filed the complaint with FSC International,” said Rosoman.
Photo and Video available from the Greenpeace Media Library: https://media.greenpeace.org/collection/27MDHU8D7BD
 Muonio Sámi complaint to FSC Sweden : https://www.greenpeace.org/static/planet4-sweden-stateless/2021/09/8622c4ff-klagoma%CC%8Al-fsc-fra%CC%8An-muonio.pdf
Greenpeace report for campaign background, Destruction: Certified. https://www.greenpeace.org/international/publication/46812/destruction-certified/
Grant Rosoman, Greenpeace International: +64 (0) 2142 8415 [email protected]
Hans Holma, chairman of Muonio Sámi community: +4670-653 78 82 [email protected]
Greenpeace International Press Desk (available 24 hours): [email protected], +31 (0) 20 718 2470
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