FSC unveils Vancouver Declaration

FSC unveils Vancouver Declaration

The Forest Stewardship Council's new initiative aims to increase the use of materials from responsibly managed forests

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The FSC and global companies including Ikea are unveiling the Vancouver Declaration,  a new sustainability promise to take responsible forest sourcing to a new level

 
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has launched an ambitious new initiative to increase the use of materials from responsibly managed forests. The Vancouver Declaration allows businesses which use these natural products to pledge their commitment to increase responsible sourcing.
 
Global companies including IKEA, H&M, SIG Construction Products, Marks and Spencer, Jysk, Mitsubishi Paper Mills or Fuji Xerox have pledged support to the initiative and the aim is to get more businesses on board across the entire supply chain.
 
Kim Carstensen, DG of the FSC, praised big businesses for their support: 'Our forests are a wonderful yet delicate natural resource, and a lot of people’s lives depend of their sustainable and responsible use. By committing to using FSC-certified wood and forest products, our partners are helping to protect our forests – and the planet – for future generations.'
 
Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager at Ikea, says the company is committed to using wood only from sustainable sources - presently FSC certified and recycled - by 2020. 'And', he says, 'we will promote sustainable forest management beyond our own needs to make it an industry norm. This is what we call ‘forest positive.’ So it was natural for us to support the Vancouver Declaration and we’re proud to be part of this global initiative.'
 
The Vancouver Declaration is part of FSC’s wider ambition to help businesses meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as Samuel Sigrist of SIG explains: 'We believe this initiative, with its commitment to FSC-certification, is a key tool in achieving parts of the UN’s SDGs. We're the first in our industry to be able to display the FSC label on 100 per cent of our packs. This is a major milestone for SIG on its journey to become a ‘net positive’ business, helping to create more natural resources than we use.'
 
The Forest Stewardship Council is a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. FSC was created in 1993 to help consumers and businesses identify products from well-managed forests and sets standards by which forests are certified, offering credible verification to people who are buying wood and wood products. Currently almost 200 million hectares and more than 57,000 businesses worldwide are certified to FSC standards. www.fsc.org
 
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