Alcan Composites Receive Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification

26 March 2010

Plantaciones de Balsa, Plantabal, part of Alcan Composites Core Materials, has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management certification from the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program.

This certification ensures that Plantabal meets a set of environmental, social and economic criteria which makes them an FSC-certified company who support responsible forest management.

“Achieving the FSC certification is for us an important sign of our strong commitment to the environment and to the people we work with. It shows that we walk the talk,” said Pierre Monéton, President of Alcan Composites Core Materials. “We are very proud to pass this good news on to our customers today. The certification sets new standards for balsa core producers and is a guarantee for our customers that we produce our balsa according to the highest environmental and social standard. In addition to our own ‘Driven by Eco-Logic’ program, we now also have trusted third party confirmation of the good work we have done.

As a Forest Stewardship Council/Rainforest Alliance Certified forest operation with 8,338 hectares of certified forestland, Plantabal meets the comprehensive standards of responsible forest management. By owning the entire process from the seedling to the tree, Plantabal say that they can guarantee continuous reforestation and safeguard the high quality of their balsa forests. Certain parts of the plantation are left to nature, to conserve the natural habitat of many animal species. In this way biodiversity is preserved for the benefit of the environment and of the population that lives and works there.

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