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Policy for Association Disputes

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The foundation of our relationship with any organization associated with FSC, from certificate holders to FSC members, is an agreement called the Policy for Association.

By signing this agreement, organizations pledge to avoid unacceptable activities that conflict with FSC’s mission. Action (disassociation) is taken by FSC against any organization found after investigation to be in violation of this agreement. The only way to re-associate is by undertaking a roadmap for ending disassociation. Please see the FAQs below for more information.

  • Policy for the Association of Organizations with FSC (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN)
    Policy for the Association of Organizations with FSC (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN)

Current status of Policy for Association disputes

Defendant Group

Process type

Location

Process started

Current phase

Current group status

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Korindo Group

Investigation

Indonesia

May 2017

Investigation ongoing

Associated

Full case details

Holzindustrie Schweighofer

Investigation & Roadmap

Romania

November 2015

Investigation concluded; Roadmap process ongoing

Disassociated

Full case details

Ballarpur Industries Limited (BILT) & Sabah Forest Industries (SFI)

Investigation

Malaysia

March 2015

Investigation concluded; No current roadmap process

Disassociated

Full case details

Fiji Pine, Tropik Wood Industries, and Tropik Wood Products

Investigation

Fiji

November 2014

Investigation concluded; Case closed

Association maintained

Full case details

Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG)

Investigation

Cambodia & Laos

September 2014

Investigation concluded; No current roadmap process

Disassociated

Full case details

Dalhoff, Larsen & Horneman (DLH)

Investigation & Roadmap

Liberia

February 2014

Roadmap process concluded; Case closed

Re-associated

Full case details

Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd. Group (APRIL)

Investigation & Roadmap

Indonesia

May 2013

Investigation concluded; In dialogue for future roadmap process development 

Disassociated

Full case details

Danzer Group

Investigation & Roadmap

DRC

November 2011

Roadmap process concluded; Case closed

Re-associated

Full case details

Société de Développement Forestier (SODEFOR)

Investigation

DRC

May 2011

Investigation concluded; Case closed

Certificates withdrawn

Full case details

Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP)

Investigation & Roadmap

Indonesia

October 2007

Investigation concluded; Roadmap process suspended

Disassociated

Full case details

For more information about Policy for Association cases please contact dispute.resolution@fsc.org. If you are a journalist please contact communications@fsc.org.

FAQS

What are the six unacceptable activities defined in the Policy for Association?

FSC aims to associate with organizations aligned with the FSC mission and values. FSC does not want to be associated with organizations involved in the following unacceptable activities:

  • Illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products
  • Violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations
  • Destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations
  • Significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use
  • Introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations
  • Violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions (as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights)

Who can submit a complaint?

Any person who is concerned that a company associated with FSC is engaging in any of these activities can submit a complaint to us directly using this form. A submission must be accompanied by substantive evidence. Before parties submit a complaint, FSC expects to see clear attempts first to resolve the issue through other means, such as dialogue or mediation. For more information on lodging a Policy for Association complaint, please see FSC-PRO-01-009 Processing Policy for Association Complaints in the FSC Certification Scheme, Section 4.

Who will investigate my complaint?

FSC International is responsible for handling Policy for Association related complaints. If a complaint is accepted, a panel of technical experts, chamber balanced from the FSC membership, will conduct the investigation and the FSC Board of Directors will decide whether or not to disassociate from the organization in question.

What does disassociation mean?

Associated organizations found to be involved in unacceptable activities are, along with their entire affiliated group, disassociated from the FSC system. This means an end to association of any kind with FSC, including certification, regardless of compliance with other certification requirements.

Can a disassociated company re-enter the system?

The only way to end disassociation with FSC is significant reform to correct wrongdoing, remedy the harm caused and to prevent the re-occurrence of further unacceptable activities.

What is a roadmap for ending disassociation?

A roadmap is a planned series of measurable actions, correction and compensations jointly agreed between FSC and a disassociated organization, which, when implemented, aims to end the disassociation between FSC and the organization. If these conditions are met, the FSC Board of Directors may decide to end a disassociation.