FSC remains deeply concerned about Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine and stands in solidarity with all victims of this violence. With full commitment to FSC’s mission and standards, and after a thorough analysis of the potential impact of withdrawal of FSC certification, the FSC International Board of Directors has agreed to suspend all trading certificates in Russia and Belarus and to block all controlled wood sourcing from the two countries.
This means that wood and forest products from Russia and Belarus cannot be used in FSC products or be sold as FSC certified anywhere in the world as long as the armed violence continues.
FSC will continue to closely monitor the situation and is ready to take additional measures to protect the integrity of its system.
“All our thoughts are with Ukraine and its people, and we share their hopes for a return to peace. We also express our sympathy with those people in Belarus and Russia who do not want this war,” said FSC Director General, Kim Carstensen.
To continue to protect forests in Russia, FSC will allow forest management certificate holders in Russia the option of maintaining their FSC certification of forest management, but no permission to trade or sell FSC-certified timber.
Carstensen explained: ‘We must act against aggression; at the same time, we must fulfil our mission of protecting forests. We believe that stopping all trade in FSC-certified and controlled materials, and at the same time maintaining the option of managing forests according to FSC standards, fulfils both these needs.”
Note: Last week, ASI announced the termination of accreditation certificates in Belarus due to non-conformance with FSC’s core labour requirements, and risks to the safety of people involved in audits. This termination was based on an investigation that preceded the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Note: This decision becomes effective within 30 days from the publication of the revised Controlled Wood Risk Assessments for Russia and Belarus later today, which is by 8th of April 2022.
Note: This decision triggers a number of questions for our key delivery partners, certificate holders, and stakeholders – we are working on addressing these through an FAQ document which will be added to this page shortly.
By materials of FSC International on 08.03.2022
FSC Ukraine comment
We share the decision of the FSC International as one that contributes to limiting the capacity to continue military aggression against Ukraine, and at the same time saving the mission of our organization on responsible forest management and protecting forests. However, we believe that such a decision should take effect immediately.
From the first day of Russian Federation aggression, we actively worked with the FSC International, international members, certification bodies, and stakeholders for finding balanced and urgent action.
We continue our work to search for solutions for FSC certification in Ukraine.