Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 126

The Panda and Kimberly Clark’s Free Pass from Greenpeace

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 maggio 2012

WWF claims that halting “the degradation of the environment” is one of its primary objectives. Unfortunately it appears to have done very little – or nothing – to help Kimberly-Clark, one of WWF’s chief allies and one of the world’s leading producers of paper products, clean up its act in Washington state. Last year WWF and Kimberly-Clark agreed to expand the latter’s “membership in the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), a WWF initiative to eliminate illegal logging and conserve the world’ s most valuable and threatened forests.” However, despite closing its facility in Snohomish County in Washington State, Kimberly-Clark is being heavily criticized for polluting a river with “toxic substances linked to cancer in humans at 15 times the level the state considers safe.” So much for protecting the environment. Looks like WWF is in bed with a business that’s guilty for, well, “the degradation of the environment.” But where on earth is Greenpeace in all of this? From Greenpeace’s history they are usually all over any business that is even suspected of releasing dioxins, let alone found to have been complicit in their release. Why is Kimberly-Clark getting a pass? According to FSC’s 2009 Annual Report, Kimberly Clark boasted that they were increasing their FSC-certified tissue fiber by some 70 percent from 2007 levels. Last year Kimberly-Clark entered into a partnership with WWF whereby the WWF panda logo would be used on the company’s materials. If competitor SCA Hygiene’s £10 million quid pro quo with WWF on the panda logo is any indication, this deal likely cost millions to Kimberly-Clark. Kimberly-Clark has also partnered with WWF on “identifying, mapping and monitoring high conservation value forests in Sumatra, Indonesia, and to develop best practices for plantation for estry in that nation,” a not so veiled attempt to render the forestry industry in that country uncompetitive. One can only presume that Kimberly-Clark’s relationship with WWF and FSC has provided them with cover from any potential blowback from Greenpeace or any other anti-development NGO. WWF and Greenpeace are again playing good cop/bad cop alliance – or in this case, dirty good cop/dirty bad cop. This just goes to show how these NGOs can be paid off, surrendering any semblance of concern about the state of the environment as long as the businesses are kowtowing to their agenda. But for how long?

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