Eco-rating of Russian forest product companies | WWF

Eco-rating of Russian forest product companies



Posted on 13 February 2004
With Russian forests being cut down at a rapid rate, there is an urgent need for the Russian timber industry to show responsibility.
© WWF Russia / Victor Jivotchenko
Moscow, Russia - WWF-Russia, together with the Russian rating agency Expert RA, has carried out a rating of the ecological performance of 30 Russian companies dealing with forest products.

The rating takes into account specific features of the Russian logging, wood processing, and pulp and paper industries. The companies were rated according to the ecological effects of their manufacturing process, level of environmentally sound management, the transparency of the company on environmental problems, and their readiness to engage in dialogue. 

Five companies rated A+  or A (meaning that the level of ecological responsibility is considered to be high and ecological risks are low to insignificant), while four rated C++ or C (meaning that the level of ecological responsibility is considered to be low and that ecological risks are high). The reminder rated from B to B++.
 
"The rating shows that some companies are better than others and Western buyers should be aware of this", said Andrej Ptichknikov, WWF forest specialist in Russia. "Buyers should influence these companies to improve their performance." 

Illegal logging and forest crime is a big problem in Russia. For example, 20 per cent of Russian wood products exported to Denmark could be illegally harvested.

The Russian government loses very significant amounts of money due to illegal logging, and illegal logging threatens the Russian forests in general and the large primeval forests in Russia in particular. The main underlying causes to illegal logging in Russia are: imperfect legislation and forest policy; inadequate control with forestry operations; low wood processing capacity; the behaviour of large timber traders; and low standard of living and high unemployment in wood-producing areas.

For further information:
Andrej Ptichknikov
Forest Officer, WWF-Russia
Tel: +7 095 727 09 39
E-mail: Aptichnikov@wwf.ru

 
With Russian forests being cut down at a rapid rate, there is an urgent need for the Russian timber industry to show responsibility.
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Western companies should choose well who they make business with in Russia.
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