Schweighofer Group introduced a roadmap to terminate disassociation with FSC

Holzindustrie Schweighofer entered into a roadmap process towards ending the disassociation with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). According to the announcement, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which defines road map for the next few months.

Based on its principles of transparency and openness, Holzindustrie Schweighofer committed to fully support the FSC experts in their investigation of remaining open questions.

As a first step of this roadmap process towards ending the disassociation, FSC will, in consultation with the relevant stakeholders establish conditions (and verification indicators) to be fulfilled in order for the disassociation to be ended.

Meanwhile, the company has implemented its own GPS tracking system “Timflow” which makes saw log deliveries transparent, all the way from the loading point to the mill gate. About 500 trucks are currently equipped with Timflow.

According to FSC and Holzindustrie Schweighofer, the final timeline of the roadmap process has not yet been fixed . Holzindustrie Schweighofer will in any case do everything it can to demonstrate the effectiveness and adequateness of the company’s measures to FSC. Frank Aigner reiterated the company’s commitment to do everything possible to fight unlawful logging in Romania.

Frank Aigner, Managing Director of the Schweighofer Group, commented:

“Our clear aim is to supplement and amend our preliminary plan for corrective action where necessary, which we have already developed and which FSC generally recognized as a good basis for the development of the final action plan. In this process, it is essential for us to consult our stakeholders, the protected areas management authorities, land owners and environmental protection organisations. Based on our preliminary plan for corrective action to secure a sustainable timber industry in Romania, which we presented in January 2017, we are committed towards open and transparent communication.

We actively take on this responsibility even though we do not harvest any trees. In any case, we will consequently continue our strategy to help protect the Romanian virgin forests, a strategy which is supported by our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. We are 100% committed to the protection of the Romanian natural heritage and we want to better assume our responsibility in the future while continuing to be an active party of the local, sustainable forest industry.”

FSC took a decision to disassociate from Schweighofer Group in February 2017.

Earlier Schweighofer Group appointed Michael Proschek-Hauptmann as a new Head of Compliance and Sustainability.

About Holzindustrie Schweighofer:

The company is a part of the Schweighofer Group. The group is active in the areas of wood industry,viscose pulp production, bio-energy production, forestry and real estate. Headquatered in Austria, Holzindustrie Schweighofer started operating the first sawmill in Romania in 2003 and since that time became a leading company in the European wood processing industry. It employs around 3,100 employees at six locations in Austria and Romania.

Source: Woodbizforum