A recent report from ‘Environmental Leader – Environmental & Energy Management News’ reveals that more and more companies are showing their commitment to the sound practices and principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®). In the process, they are joining “a growing corporate movement against the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an eco-label that a non-profit alleges ‘greenwashes’ environmentally damaging products.”

The report, entitled ‘Seven More Companies Dump Sustainable Forestry Initiative’, tells how seven Fortune 500 companies – including AT&T, State Farm, Comcast, Sprint, King Arthur Flour and U.S. Bank – have announced action to “stop using the SFI’s eco-label on branded paper products or company publications,” according to advocacy group ForestEthics. They join seven other prominent brands – Allstate, Office Depot, United Stationers, Garnet Hill, Performance Bicycles, Symantec and Aetna – who did the same back in March of this year.

Along with distancing themselves from the SFI, reports ForestEthics, all have made stronger commitments to the FSC.

A globally recognized certification system with over 90 million hectares of forestland in 78 countries certified under its forest conservation standards, the FSC is considered the ‘gold standard’ of forest certification by major environmental groups. Here at Ecotrust Canada, we have been working with FSC for more than six years now to help implement FSC-certified forestry in coastal British Columbia. Our FSC Certification Services help small forestry or chain-of-custody operators become certified more easily, quickly and cost-effectively.

“Working as we do to ensure that our forests are managed effectively and responsibly so that they can be enjoyed by future generations, we have long recognized the value in, and been committed, to the FSC,” says Orrin Quinn, Ecotrust Canada’s FSC Manager. “We fully support FSC certification and its 10 principles dealing with the social, environmental, aboriginal and economic values in forest management. ForestEthics’ findings regarding SFI (read the ForestEthics feature ‘SFI: Certified Greenwash’ here) simply reinforce the need for FSC certification to protect our forests and to reassure the public that its purchases are not damaging the environment.”

To read the full report, click here.