Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 15

Gibson’s Perilous Collusion with Extremist Greens

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 dicembre 2011

Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel’s recent column is a must-read for anyone wishing to understand the folly behind any business agreeing to partner with green groups. According to Strassel, Gibson is the “unfortunate victim of a well-meaning, if complicated, law [the Lacey Act],” when in fact the company has been deliberately targeted by “a toxic alliance of ideological activists and trade protectionists.” The Consumer Alliance made this point all too vividly in Empires of Collusion, a report released in 2010 highlighting the lengths that domestic paper-based industries, unions, environmental groups and Western retailers go “to stop the importation of pulp, paper and timber imports from Asian developing countries.” But the real story comes in the form of an important lesson for any business even considering a partnership with an extremist green group. As we noted recently, Gibson has long touted its relationships with green groups such as Greenpeace, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Rainforest Alliance, partnerships that were meant to bolster its environmental credentials and inoculate Gibson from scrutiny. FSC’s stab-in-the-back towards Gibson was particularly reprehensible. Following the government’s raid, FSC distanced itself from Gibson by pointing out that its wood products in question were not FSC-certified – questions should be raised to Gibson’s CEO if he finds FSC to be a truly reliable ally. Gibson was fooled into believing these alliances would be helpful for its business. The Gibson saga has demonstrated all too clearly that partnering with green groups only leaves a business more vulnerable to attack, especially if the business in question is as widely renowned as Gibson is. Gibson is now being made an example of. As the Consumers Alliance’s Andrew Langer so aptly pointed out.

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