SCA has filed a formal complaint against ASI, and has also informed FSC about the consequences for SCA due to the fact that important parts in a recent report from ASI is misleading and also was published on their website.

SCA has been certified according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC©) forest management standard since 1999. To confirm that the forest operations meet the FSC-standard, SCA is audited by a third-party certification company, SGS. In August 2017, Accreditation Services International (ASI) evaluated SGS performance during a surveillance audit of SCA forest operations.

The report from ASI was finalized and distributed to SGS in July 2018.

Unfortunately, it could be interpreted that the report states that SCA’s forest management does not fulfil the Swedish FSC-standard relating to considerations to the indigenous population of Northern Sweden, the Sami and to the use of an exotic species, Lodgepole pine. This is incorrect and misleading.

Any criticism in the report should be directed to the performance of certification company (SGS), not the certificate holder (SCA). Furthermore, it should also be supported by objective evidence.

SCA has filed a formal complaint against ASI, and has also informed FSC about the consequences for SCA due to the fact that important parts in a recent report from ASI is misleading and also was published on their web-site. This is a breach of the confidentiality statement included in the report itself.