In October 2022 a coalition of organizations including SAVE Rivers, GCRAC (Gerenai Community Rights Action Committee), KERUAN Organisation, The Borneo Project, and Bruno Manser Fund submitted a complaint to FSC against Samling Global Limited. The allegations made by the complainants include the following alleged unacceptable activities according to FSC´s Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004-V2-0, Part I, 1a-1d):
- Illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products
- Violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations
- Destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations
- Significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest-use
The alleged activities have mainly occurred between 2017 and 2022 in Sarawak (including the Upper Baram Forest Area, amongst others), Malaysia.
The allegations have been made against entities of Samling Global Limited that are not FSC-certified but are connected to two chain of custody certificate holders that also belong to the Samling group. Due to the chain of custody certificate holders´ indirect involvement in the alleged unacceptable activities defined in FSC’s Policy for Association, FSC has decided to accept the complaint and open a Policy for Association case against Samling Global Limited.
The case will be managed according to the Procedure for Processing FSC Policy for Association Complaints (FSC-PRO-01-009 V4-0).
The next step in this process is to explore whether alternative dispute resolution (ADR) measures, further investigations or a direct decision may be pursued.
A summary of steps taken and outcomes in the case to date.
FSC accepts the complaint against Samling Global Limited after ensuring that the two chain of custody certificate holders named in the complaint were indirectly involved in the alleged unacceptable activities.
Coalition of organizations including SAVE Rivers, GCRAC (Gerenai Community Rights Action Committee), KERUAN Organisation, The Borneo Project, and Bruno Manser Fund file complaint against Samling Global Limited with FSC.