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Green Indulgences

The plan is pretty simple. Forest product companies pay WWF undisclosed sums, memberships, donations and country fees to be part of a forest network. They buy the right to put a panda logo on the back of their loggers’ shirts. And then: Chop! Chop! Chop!
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN), the NGO group Global Witness released a scathing report on how little GFTN members are doing or obliged to do, how little WWF is enforcing their code, and how little transparency there is about actual achievement of the entire project (after 20 years). WWF lashed back that they are doing lots to save the forests and have recently announced that they are looking for a third party to assess their transparency. This is an interesting sideshow, but the Risk-Monger is more interested in how much money WWF is receiving to absolve the forestry […]

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