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The Rainforest Alliance lifts suspension of FSC certification for IKEA subsidiary 10-03-2014
Following an independent appeal process, the Rainforest Alliance has decided to lift the suspension of the FSC certificate held by Swedwood Karelia, one of IKEA's key suppliers. Read more



EUTR lesson: beware of dubious documentation 17-12-2013
Timber confiscations in Germany demonstrate that relying on official-looking documents alone for EUTR compliance can be dicey. Such documentation can rarely stand alone when the timber comes from countries with high levels of corruption Read more


Corruption index: Latvia, Turkey and Malaysia move above the Controlled Wood threshold 10-12-2013
Transparency International has released the 2013 Corruption Perception Index covering most countries of the world. The index is used as an important indicator of the risk of illegal timber harvesting under the FSC Controlled Wood system as well as the EUTR Read more

Job opening in Vietnam 06-12-2013
Support and oversee the implementation of an exciting new EU-funded project in Vietnam, addressing timber legality. We are looking for a project manager to build the capacity of SMEs and their intermediary organisations to comply with FLEGT and EUTR requirements. Apply before 18 December 2013. Learn more
Global Forest Registry to cover ‘Applicable legislation’ 02-12-2013
The Global Forest Registry team is compiling lists of laws applying to timber harvesting and trade in many of the world’s countries. Applicable legislation is crucial for risk assessments, which companies need to conduct in order to comply with the EUTR and with the FSC Controlled Wood system Read more
Certification confirms carbon management feasible for timber industry 24-10-2013
Family-run business Maderas Siero has become the first company in the world to achieve certification according to the NEPCon Carbon Footprint Management standard for their chestnut board product. Read more
Carbon footprinting mandatory for listed UK companies 14-10-2013
UK companies listed on the stock exchange are now legally obliged to measure and report their global carbon footprint. Smaller businesses, whilst not directly required by law, will likely come under pressure from their clients and stakeholders to report on their own emissions. Read more
NEPCon releases new carbon management standard 01-10-2013
Today, NEPCon launches its ambitious Carbon Footprint Management (CFM) Standard. The Standard makes carbon accounting accessible for small and medium sized companies whilst incentivising carbon reductions and credible public communication. Read more

NEPCon recognised as EUTR Monitoring Organisation 27-08-2013
The European Commission today endorsed the first two Monitoring Organisations envisaged to play a key role in aiding companies to comply with the EU Timber Regulation. Businesses can now team up with EU-endorsed NEPCon to stay on the right side of the law. Read more

NEPCon returns to “the Lost World of Sabah” 09-08-2013
The Maliau Basin is one of the most pristine areas of tropical rainforest on Borneo, home to endangered species such as orangutans, leopards, pygmy elephants and hornbills. NEPCon has entered into a five-year collaboration with the Malaysian-based Sabah Foundation to protect and restore this threatened ecosystem Read more
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