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19 March 2014 | Will Green
IKEA has successfully appealed against a suspension of its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation covering 300,000 hectares of woodland in Russia.
Swedwood Karelia, a subsidiary of the furniture maker now known as IKEA Industry, had its accreditation removed in February following an audit by the Rainforest Alliance (RA) that found problems including harvesting of wildlife habitats and lack of a proper environmental impact assessment.
However, following an independent appeal the RA has reduced the number and seriousness of areas of non-conformance.
Richard Donovan, senior vice-president at the RA, said: “The strength of the FSC system results from the various checks and balances, and therefore the scrutiny it provides to forest management the world over. In this case the right balance has now been struck and the certificate holder is working to improve its forestry practices.”
Anders Hildeman, forestry manager at IKEA Group, said: "We are pleased to get the suspension of our FSC certificate withdrawn since it is important for us to demonstrate a responsible forest management. Our focus is now to continue our work with good forest management and make sure that the outstanding deviations are closed.”