SAO PAULO, Sept. 18, 2013 (RISI) - Chilean market pulp producer Arauco has obtained the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forestry management certification for its sustainable and renewable practices in Chile. Awarded by the Soil Association Woodmark's committee, one of the FSC certification bodies, the credential has a five year term with annual follow-ups to verify compliance with the standard.
The certification is the result of four years of preparation works conducted by Arauco's team in Chile. "Receiving this credential marks the end of an era and, simultaneously, the start of an even greater challenge. As of today, we must be able to continue the dialogue, strengthen our changes and enhance the continuous improvement of our processes. This is the only way we will be able to fulfill over time all of the FSC principles and criteria," Arauco's forestry business corporate manager, Álvaro Saavedra, commented.
According to the company's 2012 environmental report, Arauco's forest estate is comprised at this time by a total of 1.7 million ha of forests, of which approximately 1.11 million ha are located in Chile.