Spanish cork producer receives sustainability stamp

19 October, 2007

Spanish cork grower Oret Sybericultura Group has been granted Forest Stewardship Council certification.

OSG is the first private producer to be awarded the certificate, in recognition of high standards of production, and the guarantee of traceability from forest to bottling. Conservation organisation WWF, which believes cork oak forests should be sustained for environmental reasons, welcomed the move. Programme co-ordinator for Cork Oak Landscapes Nora Berrahmouni said: “We are confident that the success of OSG will compel other cork producers to support their product’s place in the market by working towards gaining certificates for their cork forests.

“It is important that consumers recognise that cork is sustainable and ecologically sounds, and the FSC stamp drives this message, through its global recognition, and guarantees of social and environmental responsibility.”




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