The Guardian (UK)
25 July 2011
Investigative group claims that members of group’s Global forest and trade network are involved in ‘highly destructive activities’
Conservation group WWF let timber companies use its panda brand logo while they were razing some of the world’s most biologically rich rainforests or trading in potentially illegally sourced timber, according to the investigative group Global Witness.
The WWF’s flagship Global forest and trade network (Gftn), which is part-subsidised by the US government and EU, promotes sustainable timber, bringing together more than 70 international logging companies and large numbers of timber sellers. The WWF says the 20-year-old scheme is now responsible for nearly 19% of forest products bought or sold internationally, with members’ combined annual sales approaching $70bn (£43bn).
However, Global Witness’s report, Pandering to the Loggers, claims Gftn’s membership and participation rules are inadequate, allowing companies to systematically abuse the scheme.