Sanctions against Russia and Belarus

Nordic Ecolabelling stands in solidarity with Ukraine and our thoughts and sympathies are with all the victims of the Russian invasion.

Representing the official and highly trustworthy certification – The Nordic Swan Ecolabel – we support sanctions against Russia and Belarus in this situation.

This means:

  • No Nordic Swan Ecolabel licences will be granted to companies in Russia or Belarus and already granted licences will be withdrawn.

  • Licences depending on known raw materials from Russia or Belarus will not be granted.

  • Due to measures already made by the PEFC and FSC forest certification systems, wood and wood-based raw material from Russia and Belarusmay no longer be included in products certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

  • The criteria for Investment funds will be updated to address the current situation in Ukraine.

 

To support our licensees in complying with these sanctions, we will assist in the process of switching to new commodity markets. We assure prompt processing of sanctioned raw material replacement applications.

Our contribution is small in this context, but together with everyone else, we can create pressure that can have a positive effect. Of course, our sanctions cause inconvenience to ourselves and to our licensees. But if they are to be effective, we must also be prepared to take the consequences for ourselves. This war must end quickly.
Ragnar Unge, Chair of Nordic Ecolabelling Association