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2013-12-12 at 17:17

Resolute losing stewardship certificate for Black Spruce forest

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Resolute Forest Products is losing its Forest Stewardship certificate for the Black Spruce - Dog River Matawin forest, north of Thunder Bay. 

The decision was made by the Rainforest Alliance, which acts as the environmental auditor for Resolute.

The suspension begins Jan. 1, and will prohibit Resolute from putting the FSC label on pulp, paper and wood products from their Thunder Bay operations. 

Officials with Greenpeace say the suspension of the certificate will severely restrict the marketability of Resolute's products. Company officials say the move is related to Resolute's withdrawal from the Boreal Forest Agreement earlier this year. 

Spokesperson Xavier van Chau says the Thunder Bay operations will continue as normal. 

And he says Resolute will work hard to have the certification reinstated within a few months. 

Right now about 76 per cent of Resolute forests are FSC certified.


(Thunder Bay Television)

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Common cents says:
Why is Greenpeace involved?
12/12/2013 6:34:24 PM
brooky says:
Nice. Let's make it a little harder for Resolute to do business up here because of the rainforrest people. I hope that they shut down to please the rainforrest idiots. Unbelieavable.
12/13/2013 12:32:27 AM
sd says:
speaking of idiots
12/13/2013 12:56:52 AM
Knauffer says:
Being certified by RA is a VERY lucrative distinction for Resolute, and a smart business move. They make more money by being certified and losing this means they have to change their business practices to keep making money. This is the 21st century and huge purchase orders will be lost because people want to know the products they buy are from sustainable and ethically managed resources. It's up to the company to remedy the situation, which is how it should be.
12/13/2013 8:37:25 AM
tsb says:
Thousands of businesses in North America have a policy of only buying paper with this logo on it. If Resolute won't follow the regulations necessary to include it, and they lose customers as a result, that isn't a fault of Greenpeace. That is a fault of Resolute.

We've known the mill has had poor management since the 1990s, that's the real reason it's failing. The paper industry in North America is literally toilet paper compared to what they're producing in Europe right now.
12/13/2013 7:06:18 AM
dynamiter says:
You are portraying that you know what you are talking about. It appears from other sources that you do not.

From the Vancouver Sun - "The FSC suspensions follow complaints filed by the Grand Council of the Crees, which represents nine First Nation communities, and environmental organizations including Greenpeace."
Rainforest Alliance, the auditor for Resolute, based its decision to suspend the certificates on the company's failure to meet a number of key FSC sustainability principles, Greenpeace said. These include:Free and informed consent of First Nations. Conservation of old-growth forests and woodland caribou. Support from stakeholders for its operations."

It would seem to me that since the province dictates Old Growth Policy and First Nations consultations which the company needs to follow to have its forestry plans approved - that Greenpeace has managed to instigate this. We know that Greenpeace wants no logging by anybody. On the ground everything is being done right.

12/14/2013 9:27:45 PM
gone for good says:
There is a very large printing company in S. Manitoba that will no longer be shipping rolls from Resolute because they are no longer FSC.
And Resolute should never had let it get to this point.
I know this to be a fact. I worked at both places.
Best to get that designation back and start shipping orders out again. Most press rooms want FSC simply because the public wants FSC. It is what it is.
12/13/2013 6:29:26 PM
Wlbr says:
This is probably a move toward closing the newsprint mill here and ramping up the Gatineau mill
12/14/2013 8:48:05 PM
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