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Certification and Procurement: NGO Statements

Assessment of the European Commission's proposal for the revision of Public Procurement Directives

The Network for sustainable development in public procurement (NSPP) has conducted an assessment of the European Commission's proposal for the revision of the Public Procurement Directives.

Statement from NGOs on the EU Ecolabel and Asia Pulp and Paper

In 2006 the EU Ecolabel was awarded to two brands of photocopy paper – Golden Plus and Lucky Boss – produced by the Indonesian company Pindo Deli, a subsidiary of APP. In 2010, FERN published “EU Ecolabel allows forest destruction – the case of Pindo Deli,” questioning how the Ecolabel could be awarded to paper from a company such as Pindo Deli. It also exposed the flaws of the system: overall lack of transparency of the EU Ecolabel award process, the lack of a formal complaints mechanism and the weakness of the criteria for providing an EU Ecolabel to copying and graphic paper.

Following this report, the European Commission has asked the French competent body AFNOR, the same body that had advised the EU to provide an EU Ecolabel to APP in the first place, to investigate whether APP should have received the EU Ecolabel by doing an on-site audit of the APP/Pindo Deli mills.

In November 2011, the Commission announced that AFNOR’s audit proved there was full compliance with the criteria of the EU Ecolabel for copying and graphic paper valid at that time, and especially with the criteria on sustainable forest management. This statement from fourteen NGOs, explains why this is not a satisfactory conclusion and what needs to happen next in order to stop the EU flower from withering further.

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FERN statement to the Forest Stewardship Council on withdrawing FERN's membership

In a position paper presented to the FSC General Assembly in 2008, FERN and other FSC members from the environmental and economic chamber highlighted the changes necessary for the FSC to regain and retain its credibility. In 2009, FERN followed this up with a statement outlining that as a member of FSC, challenges to FSC’s credibility had a negative effect on FERN’s own credibility. The statement identified three courses of action that would lead to FERN terminating its FSC membership. 

In the run up to the FSC’s general assembly, FERN has looked at the available information and come to the conclusion that progress towards achieving the changes requested in 2008 has been insufficient and that it is inevitable that the FSC will continue on the path of aligning itself with carbon offset standards and issuing certificates concurrently or jointly with carbon offset certificates. This development towards closer and pro-active cooperation with carbon offset standards is irreconcilable with FERN’s work and we have therefore decided to give up our membership. This statement outlines the reasons and some of the arguments against offsetting.

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Response to the green paper on the modernisation of EU public procurement policy

The informal network for sustainable development in public procurement, a network of trade unions, social and sustainable development organisations, have submitted a common response to the green paper on the modernisation of EU public procurement policy.

Evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of EU Procurement legislation and policy

The informal network for sustainable development in public procurement, a network of trade unions, social and sustainable development organisations, produced an initial contribution to the evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of EU Procurement legislation and policy.

FERN position on FSC

A FERN statement outlining our reasons for continuing our FSC membership and the policies and actions that would lead to us handing in this membership.

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Regaining credibility and rebuilding support: changes the FSC needs to make

A joint statement by FERN, Greenpeace, Inter-African Forest Industry Association, Precious Woods, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and Tropical Forest Trust, detailing which changes this group the FSC needs to make to regain its credibility.

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Playing with Fire: Human Misery, Environmental Destruction and Summer BBQs

With temperatures soaring across Europe this summer millions have enjoyed barbecues – and will continue to do so until the last drops of warm weather. Yet few are aware of the true cost of the charcoal they fire them with.

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Assessment of the European Commission's proposal for the revision of Public Procurement Directives

The Network for sustainable development in public procurement (NSPP) has conducted an assessment of the European Commission's proposal for the revision of the Public Procurement Directives.

Statement from NGOs on the EU Ecolabel and Asia Pulp and Paper

In 2006 the EU Ecolabel was awarded to two brands of photocopy paper – Golden Plus and Lucky Boss – produced by the Indonesian company Pindo Deli, a subsidiary of APP. In 2010, FERN published “EU Ecolabel allows forest destruction – the case of Pindo Deli,” questioning how the Ecolabel could be awarded to paper from a company such as Pindo Deli. It also exposed the flaws of the system: overall lack of transparency of the EU Ecolabel award process, the lack of a formal complaints mechanism and the weakness of the criteria for providing an EU Ecolabel to copying and graphic paper.

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Letter from Asia Pulp and Paper's lawyer re: FERN's report on Pindo Deli

On 21 November 2011, FERN was sent the attached letter from APP's lawyers. We will not be removing the report 'EU Ecolabel allows forest destruction - the case of Pindo Deli' from our site as we stand by the information in that document and the conclusion the EU Ecolabel needs to improve its transparency. For further information please see 'The EU Ecolabel and Asia Pulp and Paper' an NGO statement signed onto by fourteen NGOs.

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Key demands and messages from the Network for Sustainable Development in Public Procurement

Joint press release from the Network for Sustainable Development in Public Procurement on the occasion of the European Commission's Conference "Modernising public procurement"

FERN statement to the Forest Stewardship Council on withdrawing FERN's membership

In a position paper presented to the FSC General Assembly in 2008, FERN and other FSC members from the environmental and economic chamber highlighted the changes necessary for the FSC to regain and retain its credibility. In 2009, FERN followed this up with a statement outlining that as a member of FSC, challenges to FSC’s credibility had a negative effect on FERN’s own credibility. The statement identified three courses of action that would lead to FERN terminating its FSC membership. 

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