Forest Stewardship Council Suspends Trading with Russia & Belarus

Washington, DC, March 9, 2022-The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has suspended all trading certification in Russia and Belarus and issued the following statement, 

“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.”