Am I surprised?
No not really!
The exaggerated rhetoric and chest beating of the forest industry extremists is utterly predictable.
Is Bunnings short sighted?
They have long-standing company policies that seek to improve the ethics and legality within its supply chains.
Bunnings has for many years been supportive of Vicforests efforts to gain FSC certification, but after numerous attempts Vicforests has failed to achieve what so many other forest managers have.
In 2018 Bunnings announced that come 2021 they would only sell FSC certified wood products.
Vicforests has had plenty of opportunity to prove its credentials. It has failed!
The Federal Court ruling in May was a “last straw” which Bunnings could not ignore.
The vilification by the AFPA of Bunnings and the Victorian community who care about THEIR forests, is downright reprehensible.
It does the greater forest industry no good whatsoever.
Will there be job losses?
But the WELFARE FOREST INDUSTRY must face its Waterloo.
And the longer the battle rages and the more vehement the rhetoric, the worse the damage will be.
The AFPA is clearly determined to maximise the damage.
Will Bunnings actions lead to greater forest destruction overseas?
This is more disingenuous rhetoric from the AFPA.
Australia has legislation that specifically prevents the importation of illegal timber. You can read about it here:
If Bunnings is only selling FSC certified wood products, how does that lead to greater illegal forest destruction overseas? The logic doesn’t work!!
With this rhetoric the AFPA is implying that Australians do NOT care where their timber comes from, whilst Bunnings is showing us that Australians do care!
Another implication is that the AFPA believes that the FSC supports illegal destructive logging. I wonder what the FSC has to say about that??!!
Exactly who is the AFPA trying to offend??
None of this exaggerated hostile rhetoric does the forest industry any good whatsoever.
Contempt of Court
Instead the AFPA would rather push the boundaries of Contempt of Court by suggesting that the Federal Court is being misled or in error in its judgement.
Dangerous ground indeed!!
Bunnings is to be commended for having a social conscience and sticking to it despite the political heat.
If only more Australian businesses were like minded. I’m thinking here especially of Australias other hardware empire Home Timber & Hardware:
which so far seems to have little sense of corporate responsibility.
Come 1st January 2021
Bunnings revised its timber policy to require all native forest timber products to be independently certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) or equivalent standard by the end of 2020. Officeworks and Bunnings both recognise FSC® as the leading forestry certification scheme due to its high environmental and social standards for responsible and sustainable forest management, as well as its chain of custody processes and balanced governance structure.
Come 1st January 2021 Bunnings and Officeworks will add the NSW Forestry Corporation and Sustainable Timbers Tasmania to its list of proscribed suppliers
since neither of these Government forest agencies have achieved FSC certification.
There is much change and pain ahead.
I only wish the forest industry would adopt a more positive approach.
I am not hopeful!