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Building an Wood Workers International V. BILT Graphic Paper Products Limited
Status: Disassociated


Complainant:
Building and Wood Workers International (BWI)

Defendant:
BILT Graphic Paper Products Limited (BILT)

Filed:
6 March 2015

Accepted:
13 July 2015

Countries:
India and Malaysia

Allegations:
In March 2015, Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI) filed a complaint under the FSC-POL-01-009 Policy for Association of Organization with FSC (FSC Policy for Association) to FSC International alleging that Sabah Forest Industries (SFI), a Malaysian subsidiary of BILT, refuses to recognize the union appointed by SFI workers.BWI cited a violation of the principles of two of the International Labour Organization's Core Conventions: Freedom of Association (Convention No. 87), and Collective Bargaining (Convention No. 98).

Timeline

Date Activity
15 August 2016 FSC disassociation from BILT is made public on FSC website
09 August 2016 FSC International informs BWI about the final decision of disassociation
03 August 2016 FSC International informs BILT about the final decision of disassociation
21 July 2016 FSC Board of Directors takes the final decision to disassociate from BILT
18 May 2016 FSC makes the decision public on the FSC International website
14 April 2016 FSC Director General, together with other senior managers, informs BWI of the outcome of the complaint
07 April 2016 FSC Director General, together with other senior managers, informs BILT and SFI of the outcome of the complaint
10 March 2016 FSC Board of Directors discusses the recommendation by the complaints panel and takes the final decision on the case
18 February 2016 The FSC Quality Assurance Unit produces a quality assessment of the Complaints Panel Evaluation Report
15 and 28 January 2016 Parties submit a statement regarding their position in relation to the recommendation of the complaints panel
22 December 2015 Public version of the Complaints Panel Evaluation Report is shared with the parties to the complaint
18 December 2015 Complaints Panel Evaluation Report submitted to FSC
25 to 30 October 2015 Complaints panel conducts a field visit to Malaysia
31 August 2015 Complaints panel established
31 August 2015 Complaints panel hosts first meeting
31 August 2015 Complaints panel begins evaluation
13 July 2015 FSC International accepts complaint
6 March 2015 BWI submits the complaint against BILT

Complaints Panel Evaluation report

An independent complaints panel produced the Complaints Panel Evaluation Report. The FSC International Board of Directors used this report, together with other analyses, as a basis for discussion and decision-making about this case – you can see the board’s decision and full set of conditions here. The public version of the report is available to download here.