Rougier Gabon is now FSC certified

Paris, 14 October 2008 – Rougier, the specialist in African tropical timber, with two million hectares of forests under management in Cameroon, Gabon and Congo, today announced that it has been awarded Forest Stewardship Council (FSC™) Certification for its chain of custody and the grand majority of the forests managed by its subsidiary Rougier Gabon.

Francis Rougier, President of the Management Board, says:

"In keeping with our commitment to managing and protecting tropical forests, everyone at Rougier has been working hard for over a decade to achieve FSC certification. Today we have taken an important step towards our ultimate objective: 100% certification for all our forests, thereby meeting a double environmental and market challenge."In addition to forest management, the chains of custody of Rougier Gabon and Rougier International (the group’s trading arm) have also been FSC™ certified. The chains of custody enable Rougier to track wood from the forest to the consumer, at every step of production and transformation.

"Rougier controls the entire forest value chain, from logging to milling, logistics to trading. FSC™ certification opens new opportunities for us. It enables Rougier to bring 3,000 m3 of FSC-certified Okoume plywood, 1,500 m3 of FSC-certified Okoume sawn-timber and related products, and 6,000 m3 of logs from various species to market every month," says Marc-Antoine Mallet, Chief Operating Officer of Rougier.

FSC™-certified Rougier products are aimed primarily at mature markets and markets sensitive to sustainable development, such as Europe and the United States.

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