Resolute Forest Products is taking legal action against Rainforest Alliance over the company’s audit of its forestry operations in northern Ontario. Rainforest Alliance is an auditor for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard. According to a report on CBC News, posted May 20, Rainforest Alliance’s recent audit of some Resolute operations said the company was not complying with FSC’s standards.
Resolute says the audit is biased. It took the matter to court and received an injunction that will keep the audit from being released to the public, says the CBC news story.
“Considering the draft audit report contains such an alarming number of biased interpretations, errors and omissions, serious process and fairness issues and a very clear conflict of interest, we felt we had no choice,” Resolute spokesperson Seth Kursman told CBC.