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Wednesday, 20 December 2017
(Bonn, 20 December 2017) – A stringent set of conditions has been defined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for the Schweighofer Group (HS) to put in place before its current disassociation status with FSC is reviewed.
HS was barred from the FSC scheme in February this year. HS remains disassociated from FSC until such time as HS has fulfilled the requirements set by FSC. Only after the conditions are fulfilled, and no new substantiated incidents arisen, will HS’ disassociated status be reviewed by the FSC Board of Directors. If there is credible demonstration – verified by an independent organization - that HS has met all stipulated conditions, the FSC Board could end HS’ disassociation status.
Now that the conditions have been set by FSC, HS must begin to correct the identified shortcomings and wrongdoings in its operations, while compensating for the environmental and social damages resulting from these. In addition, HS must prevent the reoccurrence of any wrongdoings and/or violations of FSC’s Policy for Association.
The conditions put forth by FSC require HS to make significant improvements in its operations by:
These conditions have been developed in a multi-stakeholder process involving public consultations.