Why, in the 23 years since the first Rio Conference on Sustainable Development, are we still clearing tropical forests, threatening the existence of Orang-utans, Rhinoceroses, Sumatran Tigers, dispossessing indigenous communities, and employing child labour?
Clearly the guidelines governing our international trade have been inadequate. The systems of certification by which we hoped to protect the forests fell short of our expectations. And they did this simply because they did not adequately cover the values we all take for granted.
No clearing of native forests
No destruction of habitat for wildlife
No use of child labour
No exploitation of indigenous communities
No employment of underpaid or slave labour
Scott Poynton, an Australian born forester, who in 1999 founded The Forest Trust, believes that the certification schemes governing the use of tropical forests, have proved a disaster.
For the past sixteen years Scott has been applying his own criteria, based on his belief in human decency and our common desire to do the right thing. By asking the corporations for whom he has worked to define their own set of values he has helped people like Nestlé, Ferrero and Mars to clean up their supply chains. No longer does the Palm Oil and Packaging used by these multinationals conflict with our commonly held sense of decency.
Forests are being saved, species flourish, children go to school, communities have a say in their future, the advancing Greenhouse is slowed down, in short – the world is a better place.
Meet Scott Poynton, the man who has persuaded some of the world’s biggest corporations to change the way they do business.
He will be speaking in the State Library Theatre in Perth on Sunday 19 July beginning at 2.30pm. This meeting is sponsored by members of Men of the Trees.
Admission is free but YOU MUST BOOK. Go to http://www.trybooking.com/142254
For more information contact Barrie Oldfield 92916619
Three links to articles on Scott Poynton’s achievements:. The first two are longish editorials from The Age and Grist. The third is a delightful video where you actually meet Scott talking about his business model: