Record sales of FSC products for GFTN participants in Switzerland | WWF

Record sales of FSC products for GFTN participants in Switzerland



Posted on 06 April 2006
Credible certified forest products, such as this FSC-certified wood, ensure environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests.
© WWF / Edward Parker

Zurich, Switzerland - A late 2005 analysis of sales data for wood products bearing the FSC label in Switzerland shows that these products are selling better all the time.

Companies in the WWF Wood Group Switzerland – the Swiss affiliate of the GFTN – attained sales for FSC-certified products in 2004 of about 40 percent higher than the year before. Increases were observed particularly with garden furniture and in the “do-it-yourself” sector.

The 24 companies in the WWF Wood Group Switzerland have lived up to their commitments to the GFTN. Each company committed to support wood products bearing the FSC label and steadily increase the proportion of FSC products in their range.

Their sales of FSC in 2004 reached a record high of CHF 93 million, or eight times more than in 2000. WWF Wood Group Switzerland members Migros and Moebel Pfister exclusively market wooden garden furniture bearing the FSC label.

“FSC not only helps protect the forests,” says Simone Stammbach of WWF Switzerland, “it also helps companies strengthen their business model. More and more consumers are looking out for the FSC label because they don’t want to buy timber obtained by destructive logging.”

A representative questionnaire carried out for WWF recently showed that every third Swiss is now familiar with the FSC label.

Fore more information:
Simone Stammbach
WWF WOOD GROUP, WWF Switzerland
tel: +41 1 297 21 65
email: simone.stammbach@wwf.ch

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