“I’m in this for the long haul”, says Kasper Kopp, referring to his timber trading business TRACER ApS. The Danish company specialises in FSC-certified tropical timber and promotes Lesser Known Species in order to support sustainable tropical forest management.
Governments of the world who gathered for the climate conference in Durban were unable to agree on an international, legally-binding agreement.
The Rainforest Alliance has announced the launch of “Shop the Frog”, a new buyers' and consumer directory of Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM products available around the world.
Perhaps more than other forestry products, greeting cards have a unique ability to connect with consumers on an emotional level.
On 1 December 2011, Transparency International released the results of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2011. The index serves as an important resource for companies assessing risk when sourcing Controlled Wood for their FSC-certified products.
Will the global financial crisis kill efforts to foster sustainability in the timber sector? This would seem likely, but the opposite seems to be the case.
The FSC and PEFC forest certification systems are constantly evolving based on stakeholder feedback and new developments in the political and legislative spheres.
Minor non-certified components will need to be completely phased out of the FSC system within a year's time. FSC has found this to be a necessary move in order to ensure recognition of FSC certified products as conformant with the coming EU Timber Regulation.
The Board of Appeal of the Dutch Environmental Foundation has ruled to uphold a judgement made last year by the Dutch Timber Procurement Assessment Committee (TPAC). TPAC found that the PEFC endorsed, Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) fails to meet key sustainability criteria.
A new draft version of the standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood is open for public consultation until 30 November. It includes several new requirements, which have been added in order to ensure that FSC products will meet the EU Timber Regulation.
The Rainforest Alliance has awarded FSC certification to Oxford Timber Audits – the largest chain of custody group in the UK.
PEFC has revised its logo usage toolkit.