Otto Group signs international declaration for more certified wood

13.10.2017 | Hamburg

Together with other well-known companies, the Otto Group has signed the so-called Vancouver Declaration of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) to highlight the need for responsible forest management. Thus, Germany's largest online retailer for furniture emphasises its ambition to offer its customers only wooden furniture products that comply with the standards of the FSC.

The declaration was published at the General Assembly of the FSC in Vancouver, which finished today, and refers to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

”With our furniture strategy, we pursue the goal of effectively and efficiently promoting responsible forest management. Almost half of the around 50,000 furniture items in our range are already converted to FSC, without any significant additional costs for our customers”, explains Alexander Gege, Manager Sustainable Business Development at the Otto Group. With the signing of the Vancouver Declaration, the Otto Group, together with other stakeholders, confesses to a sustainable forestry designed for future generations according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

”With our commitment to the Vancouver Declaration, we would like to highlight the importance of conscious consumption and the thoughtful and considerate handling of natural resources for life on Earth”, Gege clarifies. ”That's why I appeal to customers and companies to deal with sustainability and certification topics when purchasing and manufacturing wood products.”

The Otto Group has actively supported the FSC since the end of the 1990s, and has been an official member of the Forest Stewardship Council Germany since 2006. The FSC is an international non-profit, independent organisation that actively promotes responsible forestry and the conservation of biodiversity. An FSC logo on a product signals to the consumer that the wood comes from sustainably managed forests.


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About the Otto Group

Founded in Germany in 1949, today the Otto Group is a globally operating retail and services group with around 49,750 employees. The Group includes 123 major companies and is present in over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Its business activities are grouped into three segments: Multichannel Retail, Financial Services and Service. In the 2016/17 financial year (to 28 February), the Otto Group generated turnover of 12.5 billion euros. It is one of the world’s largest online retailer. E-commerce, catalogue sales and over-the-counter retail form the three pillars of the Otto Group’s Multichannel Retail strategy. Its worldwide corporate activities, numerous strategic partnerships and joint ventures provide the Otto Group with excellent opportunities to transfer know-how and leverage areas of synergy potential. Group companies operate largely independently, guaranteeing flexibility, customer proximity and optimum target-group appeal in their respective national markets.