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Forest Stewardship Council terminates relationship with Danzer over alleged human rights abuses in Dem. Rep. of Congo

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22 May 2013

FSC [Forest Stewardship Council] terminates relationship with Danzer [UK]

Author: Timber Trades Journal (UK)

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has terminated its relationship with decorative veneer and hardwood timber producer Danzer Group in a landmark decision…The decision means all of Danzer’s FSC forest management and chain-of-custody certificates will be revoked for a minimum of one year…Danzer said it disagreed with the Complaints Panel’s conclusions but committed itself to resolving the DRC issues and develop robust new conflict avoidance and resolution procedures before applying for re-association with FSC…The disassociation has resulted from a complaint made by Greenpeace that SIFORCO [now part of Blattner Group] was involved in the violation of human rights of forest communities in Yalisika, DRC…

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21 May 2013

[PDF] Danzer remains committed to sustainable and responsible forest management - Danzer strikes a constructive path following the decision of the Forest Stewardship Council

Author: Danzer Group

[T]he Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has decided to end the cooperation with Danzer due to a potential reputation risk. Although Danzer assesses the underlying incident in May 2011 in the Democratic Republic of Congo differently, Danzer supports the measures of the FSC to avert damage to the brand FSC and its reputation...Danzer wishes to create a constructive solution against the backdrop of the gridlocked discussions about the incidents in Yalisika…Danzer lives up to its own standards as a sustainable and responsible company…Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) was commissioned on location shortly after the incidents in Yalisika [Democratic Republic of Congo]. In this assessment against the FSC Controlled Wood Standard and the SGS Timber Legality and Traceability Verification Standard, SGS did not detect any non-compliances relating to the occurrences in Yalisika…Still…the company has decided to work together with a renowned peace research institute in order to find a constructive solution for all parties.

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