Together, FSC and global companies launch new initiative

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recently launched an ambitious new initiative at the FSC’s 2017 General Assembly to increase the use of materials from responsibly managed forests. The Vancouver Declaration allows businesses who use these natural products to pledge their commitment to increase responsible sourcing, with global companies like IKEA, H&M, SIG, Marks and Spencer, Jysk, Mitsubishi Paper Mills, and Fuji Xerox pledging to support the initiative. The aim is to get more businesses across the entire supply chain on board.

“It’s fantastic to see so many great businesses supporting this declaration,” Kim Carstensen, Director General of FSC, said. “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.”

“IKEA is committed to only use wood from more sustainable sources (currently FSC certified and recycled) by 2020 and promote sustainable forest management beyond our own needs to make it an industry norm,” Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager at IKEA, commented. “This is what we call “forest positive”. So it was natural for us to support the Vancouver Declaration. 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, from SIG explained.

“It has been a great honour for me to present the Vancouver Declaration at FSC’s 2017 General Assembly,” Sigrist said. “We believe that this initiative, with its commitment to FSC certification, is a key tool in achieving parts of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We are 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.”