FSC statement on Earthsight report 2021

FSC / Milan Reška
Conifer and birch forest
FSC / Milan Reška
July 15, 2021

Despite measures taken by the Russian government to address the issue of illegal sanitary logging, it remains a problem across the country, especially in Irkutsk Oblast, and a great concern for FSC.

15 July 2021 (Bonn, Germany) – FSC remains concerned about illegal sanitary logging in parts of Russia, and has issued a moratorium on all sales of wood and wood products originating from sanitary logging in one oblast of Russia.

In 2019, growing concerns over illegal salvage logging in the Russian federation prompted FSC Russia to launch a study to assess the risk of illegal wood entering FSC supply chains. This led to a moratorium on sales of wood and wood products with FSC-certified or FSC controlled wood claims originating from sanitary logging from Irkutsk Oblast region of Russia. The moratorium was announced on 14 July 2021. More information can be found on this page.

In response to Earthsight’s allegations about FSC allowing illegal wood to enter its supply chain and FSC’s audit of Bakurov Evgeny’s forest management unit, FSC confirms that the audits of Bakurov’s companies took place regularly and according to FSC's procedures. Kalinov Most LLC was audited twice in 2020, resulting in the identification of several nonconformities, which the company needed to address by June 2021. However, three weeks prior to the deadline, Kalinov Most informed the certification body that it wished to discontinue its FSC license, which led to the termination of its forest management certificate. The company still holds an FSC chain of custody certificate which is audited by independent, ASI accredited certification bodies.

The summaries of the related audit reports can be found publicly on this page, detailing the results of the audits and the corrective action requests that Kalinov Most should have addressed.

To read more about the work that FSC has done in Russia to address prevalent problems in the forestry sector including illegal sanitary logging, please read this article published on 22 June 2021.

For questions related to the new Earthsight report and specific allegations, please read the FAQ below.


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