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The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) works to promote responsible management of the world’s forests for people, the environment and the economy. It encourages companies to prove that their wood and paper products come from sustainably managed forests.

Recently, two Indonesian pulp and paper giants have attempted to obtain the coveted FSC green symbol, a certification many brands seek out as a means of proving their commitment to sustainability. However, environmental groups are skeptical of the companies’ intentions and accuse them of using suppliers who continue to clear intact forests.

The FSC has responded to these accusations by introducing a new standard, which requires companies to prove they have not been involved in deforestation since 2020. This means that any evidence of illegal deforestation will automatically disqualify these companies from being awarded the FSC certification.

The FSC has also announced a global “Remedy Scheme” to help those affected by environmental degradation and deforestation resulting from the activities of certain companies. This scheme provides a financial package for the sustainable protection and management of vulnerable forests.

Grant Rosoman, Head of Policy at the FSC, went on record to state that any company found to have participated in illegal deforestation since 2020 should not be allowed to take part in this program. This statement throws into question April’s eligibility to participate in the remedy scheme. As of now, the FSC has yet to issue a statement on whether or not they will consider April’s application for participation in the scheme.

Despite the uncertainty, this initiative is an important step forward in the fight against deforestation and the destruction of intact forests. Companies need to be held accountable for practices that damage the planet and the FSC’s Remedy Scheme could be a major part of that solution.

The FSC’s strict requirements demonstrate their commitment to creating a better future for our planet and its inhabitants, as well as to upholding the standards of responsible forest management. By excluding companies that have engaged in illegal activity, the FSC is sending a powerful message that responsibility extends beyond simply expressing good intentions.