FSC issues statement on Greenpeace International's membership withdrawal

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FSC issues statement on Greenpeace International's membership withdrawal

April 09, 2018 - 11:19

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 27, 2018 (Press Release) -Following its restructuring three years ago to decentralize the organization, Greenpeace International has decided to decentralize its membership in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as well. As a result, Greenpeace International will allow its FSC membership to expire in 2018, with its national offices determining if and how to best engage with FSC and forest management more broadly.

Because the issues affecting forests are very different around the world, this new structure gives Greenpeace’s national offices the flexibility to choose strategies that best fit the situations in their respective countries. As a result, in some countries Greenpeace national offices may drop their FSC memberships.

In other countries, this change will result in a deepening of the relationship.

Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace Canada remain strongly supportive of FSC as a powerful tool for encouraging responsible forest management, and for engaging with companies and consumers. They will both continue to engage as international members of FSC. In addition, Greenpeace Canada will remain actively involved in efforts to implement protections for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and critical caribou habitat. And Greenpeace US’ Rolf Skar will continue to serve on the FSC US Board of Directors.

This change notwithstanding, neither Greenpeace International nor any Greenpeace national entities are members of, nor endorse, any other forest management certification globally.