Mitsubishi Endorses Third-Party Certification For Forest-Product Operations

Mitsubishi Endorses Third-Party Certification For Forest-Product Operations

Mitsubishi Corporation chairman Minoru Makihara has announced a new company policy of endorsing third-party certification for all of its forest-product operations. Supporting the Forest Stewardship Council's principles, Makihara stated that it would seek FSC certification of such MC operations wherever practical.

"This is more than a simple statement of principle," Makihara said, "We are proceeding to seek FSC certification of the operations of Alberta Pacific Forest Industries, Inc." ALPAC is 70% owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and operates a pulp mill in Alberta, Canada. With 6 million hectares under its management, ALPAC is currently undergoing a scoping review for FSC certification.

Underscoring MC's commitment to the FSC and its certification, Makihara continued, "We have obtained FSC chain of custody and forest management certifications of our woodchip operation and plantation in Chile, and chain of custody certification for our Paper Business Unit and our Wood Chips and Afforestation Unit in Tokyo."

Mitsubishi Corporation's certification support was announced at the Forest Trends Katoomba Group 2002 Conference in Tokyo, where Mr. Makihara emphasized the need to promote sustainable development and the rule of law. He called for the rigorous enforcement of environmental laws and standards and the end of illegal logging.