ALTAVILLA VICENTINA, Italy, Oct. 30, 2017 (Press Release) -Companies that use natural resources have the duty to ensure the resources come from responsible sources. The Vancouver Declaration is a public promise, with which companies of all sizes and origins are committed to contributing to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015, while underlining their commitment to a more sustainable forestry chain.
The Declaration was presented during the 2017 FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council® ) General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, last October; in addition to Burgo, other companies signed in support of the initiative: IKEA, H & M, SIG, Marks & Spencer, Jysk, Mitsubishi Paper Mills and Fuji Xerox. The objective is to attract even more companies involved throughout the supply chain. Given the growing membership rate, this declaration, according to FSC, will have a positive impact on three key areas of sustainability: environmental, social and economic.
Obtaining collective enterprise support in the struggle to protect our forests and our planet is a fundamental step in combating climate change and ensuring the protection of ecosystems. From a social point of view, the role and importance of people in forestry cannot be underestimated; this is why the Vancouver Declaration strengthens the commitment so that all people living in the forest and its surrounding areas are involved in decisions that are of interest to "their" forests. The core of the FSC system is, in fact, the guarantee of the stakeholders’ commitment, democratic decision-making processes and the protection of forest workers.
Companies supporting the Declaration and the new FSC standards contribute concretely in ensuring forest workers worldwide receive a fair salary for the work they do and the protection of people who depend on forests for their sustenance. Measures taken to protect the environment and people, protect the future of the industry itself. This collective action and end-to-end collaboration is becoming more and more strategic.
As Burgo, we signed the Vancouver Declaration because we are fully aware that forest resources are the essential component in paper production and that business continuity depends on long- term access to these raw materials. Without forestry products, we will not be able to serve our customers with products that meet their expectations: functionality, quality, availability and sustainability. As a result, we recognize the responsibility we have in helping to ensure that forests are managed in a sustainable way and for quite some time now we’ve been actively committed to this undertaking by offering FSC-certified products. We have therefore taken this additional opportunity to offer visible and credible guarantees regarding our commitments to our customers and other stakeholders through shared and global action.
Burgo Group is one of the leading European producers of coated and specialty paper. The Group is a complete 'system' developed around the world of paper: including production, distribution, paper recycling and processing of forestry products and also factoring and energy.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
FSC is a non-governmental, independent and non-profit international organization, founded in 1993 to promote responsible management of forests and plantations. The FSC® brand identifies products containing wood from forests that are managed in a correct and responsible manner according to rigorous environmental, social and economic standards. The source forest has been independently checked and evaluated in accordance with these standards (principles and criteria of good forest management), established and approved by the Forest Stewardship Council® a.c. through the participation and consent of the parties involved.