Notas de prensa
Stora Enso accuse of evironmental crimes and corruption
Autores corporativos:
Amigos de la Tierra Internacional (autoría)
Amigos de la Tierra. Finlandia (autoría; canal)
Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas para o Desenvolvimento do Extremo Sul da Bahia (autoría)
Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (autoría)
Movimiento Mundial por los Bosques Tropicales (autoría)

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Lugar:
Helsinki (Finlandia)
Fecha:
20 de Abril de 2011
Entradilla:
Comunicado de prensa de diferentes organizaciones advirtiendo que las ganancias de Stora Enso se han obtenido a costa de violar leyes ambientales, laborales y penales en América Latina.
Introducción/Descripción:
Friends of the Earth International.
Cepedes (Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas para o Desenvolvimento do Extremo Sul da Bahia).
Friends of the Landless Finland.
MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra).
WRM (World Rainforest Movement).

Press conference at Helsinki, 20.4.2011 12-13.00.
Guest speakers will attend to Stora Enso annual general meeting
Marcelo Durão, Brazil (MST) and Kerstin Edquist, Sweden (Latinamerikagrupparna)
Rikhardinkadun kirjasto/ Rikhardstreet library Meeting room, 1. Floor
Rikhardinkatu 3, 00130 Helsinki Press release.

20 April 2011.
For immediate release.

At today´s annual shareholder meeting, Stora Enso plans to give out part of its 2010 EUR 817.4 million profit to its shareholders [1]. But Friends of the Earth, Friends of the Landless and the Rural Landless Workers movement (MST) warn that Stora Enso´s profit comes on the back of violations of environmental and labor laws and the criminal code in Latin America.

In Bahia, Brazil, the public prosecutor is accusing Veracel (a joint venture of Stora Enso and the Brazilian company Fibria) of money laundering, tax evasion and corruption. The Committee on Agriculture of the Brazilian House of Representatives will be holding a public hearing on the accusations against Veracel [2].

The company is further accused of environmental crimes. The company has already been convicted of illegal deforestations and inappropriate use of pesticides. Large tracts of Veracel´s eucalyptus monoculture plantations are operating without an environmental license [2]. A recent evaluation by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) showed that the label obtained by Veracel should in fact never have been awarded because of breaches of the FSC guidelines [3].

Additionally, Veracel is accused of workers´ rights violations. During the past years, the employment tribunal in Eunápolis counted more than 850 lawsuits against Veracel and its subcontractors [2].

Stora Enso claims that their activities are environmentally friendly and that their investments in the South alleviate poverty. But when accepting the dividend from Stora Enso, shareholders should know that the profits are made at the expense of criminal activities with massive social and environmental impacts. Stora Enso should take responsibility for their impacts and stop unsustainable production models. says Noora Ojala from Maan ystävät (Friends of the Earth Finland).

In both Brazil and Uruguay, eucalyptus monoculture plantations for pulp mills have led to displacement of local communities, soil erosion and water shortages. In Uruguay, Montes del Plata plantations (jointly owned by Stora Enso and Chilean company Arauco) has caused local water wells to dry up, cutting off water access for thousands of families.[2]

In Brazil, Stora Enso is responsible for exacerbating food insecurity and causing misery to millions of landless people. They have for example illegally planted eucalyptus on state-owned land intended for land reform. Stora Enso now owns hundreds of thousands of hectares of land in Brazil and Uruguay while the food security of millions of people are threatened as they remain without land to live on.[2]

In direct action against hunger and poverty, several of Stora Enso´s plantations in Brazil have been occupied by women and children of the Rural Landless Workers movement (MST) and the peasant movement Via Campesina. Many of these occupations, which transformed the land to grow food rather than eucalyptus for export, were evicted brutally by military police brigades on behalf of Stora Enso.[2]

Instead of bringing development, Stora Enso causes land conflicts and threatens food sovereignty. Genuine sustainable development promotes small-scale farming to feed people and not large-scale plantations to make profits for companies. We cannot eat eucalyptus! says Marcelo Durao Fernandes from MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra, Brazil).


NOTAS:

  1. ®Stora Enso´s proposal for the distribution of dividend: http://www.storaenso.com/investors/governance/shareholders-meetings/agm_2011/proposals/Documents/E_Proposal_dividend_2.pdf


  2. ®More details on the accusations against Stora Enso can be found in the background briefing Stora Enso: negative impacts in Brazil and Uruguay at: http://www.maanystavat.fi/index.php?cat=82&aid=8&lang=fi&mstr=2


  3. ®The report, conducted on behalf of FSC International by ASI (http://www.accreditation-services.com/summary_sgs.html) is based on observations made during the audit of Veracel conducted by SGS Qualifor. It concludes that the criteria used by SGS Qualifor to assess Veracel´s operations do not conform with FSC standards.

    The film Sustainable on Paper by Leo Broers and An-Katrien Lecluyse illustrates that Veracel is not following the rules regarding certification of FSC products, showing evidence of destruction of biodiversity; pollution and overuse of groundwater; neglect of the rights of local and indigenous peoples; breaches of criminal, civil and employment law; and bribery of local government officials. The film is 40min long and can be bought for 8 by e-mailing [email protected]

URL:
http://maanystavat.fi/index.php?cat=82&aid=9%3C=fi&mstr=2
Publicado en:
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Notas:
Para obtener más información:

- Noora Ojala, Maan ystävät (Friends of the Earth Finland): +358 50 4082355 (Finland), [email protected]

- Clarissa Abreu, Núcleo Amigos da Terra (Friends of the Earth Brazil): +55 51 98085755 (Brazil), [email protected]
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