Friday, 13 December 2013
Suspension of Resolute FSC Certificates
Three FSC certificates held by Resolute Forest Products, Canada’s largest forest enterprise, will be suspended from 1 January 2014. The decision by the Rainforest Alliance comes following the finding of major non-conformities not being sufficiently addressed on the part of Resolute Forest Products, and affects a forest area of over 8 million hectares.
While FSC regrets the suspension, it welcomes the decision as testimony that FSC certification applies rigorous standards within a clear framework of principles and criteria, strong audit processes and clear consequences for failing to meet FSC requirements. These standards are applied across the full range of FSC certificate holders, regardless of the size of the organization.
The three affected forests are Lac St-Jean and Mistassini-Péribonka in Quebec, and Black Spruce & Dog River in Ontario. The major non-conformities relate to indigenous peoples’ rights, environmental impact, forest benefits, monitoring and assessment, and High Conservation Value forests.