A more sustainable and greener planet
The world’s forests are under threat, and not enough has been done to protect them and the species they rely on, says Annie Qureshi, writing for Blue and Green Tomorrow. In the fight against climate change, it is not enough for governments to enact policies to limit greenhouse gas emissions: major companies must step up to the plate and do their part for a more sustainable and greener planet.
More businesses are becoming greener
From automobile manufacturers creating electric and hybrid cars to the development of alternative energy – solar, wind, etc. However, many industries rely on the world’s forests for their products, and it is here that more progress desperately needs to be made.
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The answer is sustainable forestry. As Forest Europe(1) ( #Forest Europe ) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization(2) ( #UN Food and Agriculture Organization ) explain, sustainable forest management is the stewardship and use “of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfil, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at local, national, and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems.”
Philosophy of Sustainability
The philosophy of sustainability is built around three core pillars: socially just, ecologically sound, and economically viable.
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Sustainable Forestry Certification
There are some vitally important international bodies for promoting sustainable forestry. One of them is the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a global alliance of national forest certification systems.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is another key certification body, one that sets out 10 principles and criteria that businesses must meet to gain certification. The criteria include compliance with the law and protection of rights for indigenous peoples and for all workers.
Some examples of organizations that have successfully gained FSC certification include supermarket chain Aldi, fast food giant McDonalds, tissue provider Kleenex, and fitted furniture specialists Hammonds.
Forest Europe website ( https://foresteurope.org/ )
UN Food and Agriculture Organization website ( http://www.fao.org/home/en/ )