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.
Transparency International has released the 2013 Corruption Perception Index covering most countries of the world. The index is an important indicator of the risk of illegal timber harvesting in the FSC Controlled Wood system and the EUTR.
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.
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.
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 to report on their own emissions.
Today, we are launching our ambitious Carbon Footprint Management (CFM) Standard. The Standard makes carbon accounting accessible for small and medium sized companies whilst incentivising carbon reductions.
4 Sep 2013, London: Maderas Siero, producer of chestnut boards, has become the first company in the world to have a product carbon footprint independently verified to the new international NEPCon Carbon Footprint Management (CFM) Standard.
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.
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.
More than 120 days have elapsed since the EUTR went into force. What is the current state of actual enforcement and how do markets respond? We take stock of the development during the first enforcement period of this landmark legislation.
The EUTR exempts CITES licensed timber from risk assessment. However, recent Greenpeace exposures and investigations of dubious CITES timber arriving in Belgium showcase the weaknesses of the CITES system with regard to timber legality assurance.
A study commissioned by the Rainforest Alliance reveals that numerous synergies exist between the FSC Principles and Criteria for forest management and voluntary forest carbon standards. Importantly, it identified opportunities that could help to unlock certification opportunities not only in the tropics, but in other regions too.