Alcan earns forest stewardship certification for balsa management

Plantaciones de Balsa, Plantabal SA, part of ALCAN COMPOSITES Core Materials, reports that it has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management certification from the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program.

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Plantaciones de Balsa, Plantabal SA, part of ALCAN COMPOSITES Core Materials (Northvale, N.J., USA), reports that it 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 that supports responsible forest management. Plantabal thus makes ALCAN COMPOSITES Core Materials the first and only balsa core material supplier with FSC-certified plantations.

The FSC is the global standard-setter in responsible forest management. Forest Management certification is granted to forestry operations that have met the FSC standards. The certification criteria cover compliance with laws and international treaties, land-use and indigenous peoples’ rights, community relations, biodiversity conservation and maintenance of high conservation value forests, among other things.

“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."