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While SGS has the highest respect for Greenpeace’s mission in general, shares common values, and pursues similar goals, SGS considers that the Greenpeace report provides an inadequate assessment of the SGS Timber Legality & Traceability Verification (TLTV) Service as a Legality Verification System (LVS).

In response, SGS has published a statement to summarise the main features of the TLTV Service which SGS finds have been inaccurately assessed in the Greenpeace report. Read the SGS statement on the Greenpeace evaluation (PDF 32 KB) of the TLTV service.

SGS has also prepared a more detailed response which addresses all the criteria applied by Greenpeace to TLTV and provides corrections or additional information. Read the full SGS detailed comments on the Greenpeace evaluation (PDF 61 KB) of the TLTV service.

SGS looks forward to a constructive interaction with Greenpeace in developing the Legality Verification concept as an internationally acceptable mechanism facilitating progress towards certifiable, responsible forest management.

For further information, please contact:

Antoine de La Rochefordière

SGS SA
CH-1211 Geneva
t: +41 (22) 739 91 11
f:  +41 (22) 739 98 39

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, providing a range of flexible services that allow clients to measure and improve systems services and processes. With more than 50,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world. The head office of the Group is located in Geneva, Switzerland.