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Certification and Procurement: Press Releases

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"

New European Commission’s “Buying Social” guide: a giant step for the EC, a small step for sustainable procurement

A press release by a network of trade unions and social and sustainable development organisations commenting on the European Commission's launch of the long-awaited “Buying social: a guide to take account of social considerations in public procurement”. The signatories considers that the guide fails to reflect the true potential of public procurement as an instrument in support of social and sustainable development objectives. Much more is needed if the EU and Member States are to live up to the EU Treaty commitments and international obligations in this field.

The link between forest destruction and the EU Ecolabel

Press release highlighting the FERN report “EU Ecolabel allows forest destruction – the case of Pindo Deli.” The report adds weight to the argument that the EU Ecolabel for forest products has proven itself unworthy, been bypassed by Member States’ purchasing policies and is at the mercy of companies wishing to greenwash their practices whilst changing nothing.

UK Government decision undermines its own timber policy

A joint press release by FERN, FoE, Greenpeace and WWF stating that the UK Government's timber procurement policy accepts forest destruction as sustainable. The press release is a response to a press release by DEFRA anouncing the UK Government accepts PEFC, SFI, CSA and FSC as proof of sustainable timber production and of MTCC as proof of legal timber production in light of their procurement policy.

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UK NGOs slam DEFRA decision to approve PEFC & SFI

UK NGOs sent out a strong worded release condemning UK decision to approve PEFC and SFI. It should be noted though that DEFRA states in its own release:

"PEFC is on probation until it has demonstrated to our satisfaction that its national organisations are all following the new standards. We will also be watching to see that only those SFI certificates that confirm the required percentage of sustainable timber are accepted by government buyers."

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Weak standards undermine forest certification

The credibility of forest certification as a tool to deliver sustainable forest management is at risk from the business-as-usual practices allowed by most certification schemes, according to a major new report launched by FERN.

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National policies undermine new 'green' timber buying rules

New EU rules will make it easier for governments to buy 'green' timber, but many will continue to use illegal and unsustainable sources because of poor national policies, says FERN's new research.

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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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