The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has come under increasingly harsh
criticisms from a variety of environmental organizations. The FSC is an
international not-for-profit organization that certifies wood products: its
stamp of approval is meant to create confidence that the wood was harvested in
an environmentally-sustainable and socially-responsible manner. For years the
FSC stamp has been imperative for concerned consumers in purchasing wood
products. Yet amid growing troubles for the FSC, recent attacks from
environmental organizations like World Rainforest Movement and Ecological
Internet are putting the organization's credibility into question.
Last week the World Rainforest Movement released a scathing press release
calling a decision by the FSC to certify eucalyptus plantations in Brazil its
"death certificate." The eucalyptus plantations are owned by Veracel, a
partnership between Aracruz Celulose of Brazil and Stora Enso ...