“To meet increasing global demand, we need to expand forest management practices in ways that maintain their growth and vitality, while protecting ecosystems, biodiversity, and livelihoods,”said FSG co-chair Riikka Joukio, Senior Vice President of Finland-based Metsä Group.
Forest certification is a voluntary, market-focused mechanism, which supports a broad range of social, economic and environmental benefits associated with sustainable forest management, yet according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), only 10% of the world’s forests are independently certified.
“The FSG’s leadership statement calls on all stakeholders to join forces to innovate and grow markets for sustainably-produced forest products.Approaches to expand reach and impact of existing certification standards should better address the needs ofsmall forest owners, community forestry, indigenous peoples and agroforestry operators,” said James Griffiths, Managing Director at the WBCSD.
Today’s leadership statement was endorsed by all 26 FSG member companies.
FSG core members:
Ahlstrom, Altri, APRIL, Empresas CMPC, Fibria, Grupo Portucel Soporcel, International Paper, Metsä Group, Mondi Group, MWV, SCA, SCG Paper, StoraEnso, Suzano Pulp and Paper, UPM, Weyerhaeuser
FSG associate members:
Andritz, AkzoNobel, Evonik Industries, Kimberly-Clark, Metso, Proctor & Gamble, Pöyry, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SC Johnson and Unilever
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