FSC-Watch

An independent observer of the Forest Stewartship Council

FSC-Watch re-launchTags:

FSC-Watch has moved to FSC-Watch.com.

Please visit the new website, and let us know what you think about the new look. The first new post is already up: The worst 10 things about the Forest Stewardship Council. More new posts will follow soon.

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A chance to ask FSC's Director of Strategic Development some questionsTags: Certifier conflict of interest, FSC strategy, All certifiers

On Wednesday, 26 February 2014, Ian Hanna, FSC International's Director of Strategic Development, will be interviewed by triplepundit.com.

On its website, triplepundit.com explains that Hanna will be talking about FSC's goals:

Goal 1: Advance globally responsible forest management
Goal 2: Ensure equitable access to the benefits of FSC systems
Goal 3: Ensure integrity, credibility and transparency of the FSC system
Goal 4: Create business value for products from FSC certified forests
Goal 5: Strengthen the global network to deliver on goals 1 through 4

Triplepundit.com adds that,

Hanna will address these goals and concepts, and much more, in his interview...[Continue]

FSC trademarks and censorshipTags: Australia, Trademarks

Believe it or not, according to FSC Australia, if you use the letters 'FSC' or 'Forest Stewardship Council', you need to seek approval, in order to allow FSC to "check the accuracy of the text". At least that's what Timber + Design International was told when they contacted FSC Australia last year.

FSC's website explains that FSC owns three registered trademarks:

*the initials "FSC®"; *the name "Forest Stewardship Council®"; *the "checkmark-and-tree" logo

And FSC takes protecting its trademarks "very seriously":

FSC trademarks may only be used by organizations or individuals that have obtained authorization, and use must be in compliance with FSC’s trademark standards and guidelines...[Continue]

FSC commits "major blunder" by certifying clearcutting in California's redwoodsTags: USA, High Conservation Value Forests, Pesticides, SCS

On 11 February 2013, Green Diamond Resource Company announced that it had received FSC certification. Dr. Robert J. Hrubes, Executive Vice President of SCS announced that,

"Green Diamond Resource Company has undergone a lengthy and rigorous assessment of its forest management practices, broadly defined, and have demonstrated a level of conformance to the FSC Standard that merits award of certification."

EPIC (Environmental Protection Information Center) disagrees with SCS's assessment...[Continue]

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