Suspended in January 2014 following an audit by Rainforest Alliance,
"Based on a continued lack of dialogue between Resolute FP and its stakeholders, FSC believes that this mediation will lead to constructive solutions and restore trust between First Nations, unions, communities, environmental groups and Resolute FP," FSC said in a statement.
Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products' CEO, Richard Garneau, a critic of FSC's certification process, wants any arbitration to be led by the provincial governments, not FSC, "as they are clearly responsible for issues related to forest management planning," according to a company statement.
A growing number of Canadian companies have seen their FSC certificates suspended or terminated in recent months, according to Resolute Forest Products, including Arbec, Eacom and Domtar. In October 2015, the Coast Forest Conservation Initiative (CFCI) voluntarily terminated its FSC certificate for the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, an area totaling nearly 850,000 hectares.
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