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22 May 2013

Timber Trades Journal (UK)

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

Danzer Group lawsuit (re Dem. Rep. Congo, filed in Germany)