Certification Schemes

Victorian native forest timber offered at discount price to Japanese mill

17 July 2015

Australia Paper Morwell site

Australia Paper worker Darrin Canning at the Morwell site. Photo Jason South

Victoria's native timber was offered to a Japanese-owned paper mill at a discounted fixed price as part of a secret government deal to end a protracted multimillion-dollar dispute over unpaid debts.

VicForests FSC certification bid eyes end to old-growth logging in East Gippsland

8 July 2014

VICTORIA’S state-owned forestry company has flagged a potential end to contentious old-growth logging in East Gippsland and improvements to forest management to help it secure top-flight certification.

Nathan Trushell, VicForests general manager, stakeholders and planning, told The Australian that the logging agency accepted it had to make “significant” changes to secure Forest Stewardship Council certification.

Certification bid forces Vic Forests rethink

8 July 2014

An assessment of Vic Forests has found it currently fails to meet a basic standard for sustainable management, triggering speculation that it could change old growth logging practices.

The preliminary assessment was conducted on behalf of the Forest Stewardship Council, a group which works globally to endorse companies if they meet environmental and social responsibility standards.

Audit criticises VicForests application for FSC rating

5 July 2014

VicForests needs to ''significantly'' improve its care of the state's forests if it wants international accreditation of its timber products, according to an unflattering audit.

VicForests, a Victorian government-owned business, is seeking certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), based in Germany, to demonstrate that its harvesting of the state's timber is sustainable, ethical, and protects natural forest. FSC accreditation is widely recognised in the paper and printing industries and would allow VicForests to more effectively market its products to environmentally-conscious customers.

Timber auditor axes operations

12 September 2011

THE ORGANISATION that gives a green tick to some of Australia's biggest timber and paper companies has voluntarily suspended most of its operations after a bruising stoush with environment groups over its approval of paper brand Reflex.

SmartWood, a division of Rainforest Alliance, gave up its ability to give out chain of custody certifications following an investigation into its audit of Reflex maker Australian Paper by international governing body the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Reflex loses environmental certification

1 September 2011

UPDATE: RURAL jobs could be at stake after Australia's largest brand of copy paper no longer has an environmental certification.

Reflex copy paper, manufactured by Australia's biggest mill near Traralgon, is no longer certified by the Forest Stewardship Council .

The loss of the certification centres around Reflex's use of native forest woodchip.

Reflex paper loses green tick of approval after native timber stoush

23 August 2011

AUSTRALIA'S best-known brand of paper, Reflex, is to be stripped of its international green certification after its maker, Australian Paper, watered down its commitment to the Forest Stewardship Council system.

Australian Paper's decision means it will continue to use wood sourced from native forest to make Reflex - welcome news for Victorian state government-owned logger VicForests, which counts the company among its largest customers.

No agreement on paper

3 August 2011

THE owner of Australia's best-known brand of paper, Reflex, has fought off environmental groups to gain a one-month extension to its international green certification.

But the price of the one-month extension granted to Reflex's manufacturer, Australian Paper, has been to open deep divisions within the certification system, with international governing body the Forest Stewardship Council attacking Australian Paper's auditor, SmartWood, over the decision.

Green paper needs Reflex action

30 May 2011

REFLEX, Australia's best-known brand of paper, is set to lose its international green accreditation within the next two months unless its manufacturer can strike an unlikely deal with some of its fiercest enemies.

The loss of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification would force Australian Paper, which makes Reflex, to either abandon its public commitment to the FSC process or shift its sourcing from native forests to more expensive plantation timber.

FSC and the battle over Victoria’s forests

17 March 2011
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By Chris Taylor

The Fifth Estate

The Forest Stewardship Council is becoming wedged in the middle of a battle between environmentalists and Australia’s largest paper manufacturer.

The Wilderness Society launched its campaign in February against Australian Paper, calling for consumers not to purchase Reflex Office Paper, the company’s flagship product, on the basis that its wood fibre is sourced from environmentally destructive logging practices.