WWF Germany vs. Holzindustrie Schweighofer

Status: Disassociated


Complainant: WWF Germany

Defendant: Holzindustrie Schweighofer (HS)

Filed: 6 November 2015

Accepted: 24 November 2015

Complaints panel report submitted: 14 October 2016

Country: Romania

Allegations: The complainant alleges that HS is involved in the purchasing and trading of illegally harvested timber in Romania and that this is having a negative impact on the country’s natural protected areas.

Timeline

Date Event
17 Feb 2017 FSC disassociation from the Schweighofer Group is made public on FSC website.
14 Feb 2017 FSC Director General Kim Carstensen informs WWF about the decision to disassociate.
13 Feb 2017 FSC Director General Kim Carstensen informs the Schweighofer Group about the decision to disassociate.
09 Feb 2017 FSC BoD decides for FSC to disassociate from the Schweighofer Group, and establishes a set of conditions that Schweighofer shall fulfill in order to end the disassociation.
For more information about the rationale on the decision see here
07 Dec 2016 FSC publishes its decision to place the Schweighofer Group on ‘probation’ for possible disassociation until the FSC BoD meeting in February 2017.
For details on the rationale for this decision see here.
For details about the conditions that need to be fulfilled by the Schweighofer Group in order to remain associated with FSC see here.
28 Nov 2016 FSC Director General Kim Carstensen informs the parties to the complaint about the decision taken by the FSC Board of Directors
14-18 Nov 2016 The FSC Board of Directors takes a decision about the case during its meeting held at Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo)
14-30 Oct 2016 The FSC Quality Assurance Unit produces a quality assessment report, assessing the quality of the complaints panel evaluation report
14 Oct 2016 Submission of the complaints panel evaluation report with a recommendation to the FSC Board of Directors
20-21 Apr 2016 First complaints panel meeting in Bonn
18 Apr 2016 Start of the complaint evaluation
7 Mar 2016 Establishment of a complaints panel
24 Nov 2015 FSC accepts the complaint filed by WWF Germany
6 Nov 2015 WWF Germany files a complaint with FSC International against HS

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