Trade and Environment Newsletter Issue 12, September 2012

Eco labels as sustainability tools questioned

A recent report by IMD, Switzerland “Have EcoLabels Had Their Day” reveals that while ecolabels have been useful in increasing sustainability awareness and performance across the supply chain, business holds concerns about their credibility, their impacts on trade and their ability to transform markets to achieve more sustainable outcomes. Continue reading

New report: FSC’s Closed Shop – Shutting Down Forestry in The Developing World

Forest certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has been surrounded by controversy since its inception. Most of the controversy has been generated by activist organisations publicly attacking private sector forest operators that are implementing FSC certification. There are no other industrial standards or environmental management standards that are subject to as much controversy. Continue reading

The Green Development Oil Newsletter – Issue 23, September 2012

Greenpeace intensify campaign against small-scale farmers

Both Greenpeace and WWF have recently reiterated demands that small-scale farmers achieve certification under the RSPO. However adopting NGO demands would render farmers uncompetitive due to high costs of achieving certification. This appears to be of little concern to campaigners with an agenda to halt the palm oil industry. Continue reading

Press Release – Western Green groups undermining economic recovery, raising costs

Pro-development group says campaigners want more ‘green tape’ that will squeeze margins and kill growth

HONG KONG – Pro-development NGO World Growth has delivered a stinging rebuke of policies backed by environmental organisations such as WWF and Greenpeace that want to impose higher costs on pulp producers and forest operators at a time when the global economy is weak and commodity markets are fragile.

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