I was very surprised to read the comments in the letter by Rebecca Clarren in the last May bulletin about the "respected nonprofit FSC organisation", "that would offer consumers assurance that companies truly deliver a sustainable product."
A few years ago I went to Geneva Switzerland to WWF International and met Nils Hager who sits on the FSC board. He mentioned to me that people from the industry sit on the board. That means that the industry certifies themselves.
We have a lot of problems with tree corporations in our state, corporations who get certified FSC and do not comply to the 10 FSC principles and seem to get away with it. For example, ITC the largest tree corporation in Australia does not pay its Shire rates for some of its plantations and this now for more than 10 years. Great Southern Plantations who just clearfelled 100000 hectares of native bush on Tiwi Islands NT send their non-certified woodchips to Japan through a large government agency that is certified FSC.
All these FSC breaches and more have been reported to the FSC over and over in the last few years and nothing has happened. Why would some corporate board members do anything about FSC breaches that will eventually reduce their income and their shares?
[posted on behalf of PF by Geoff Kyle]