23 Mar 2010

SOUND & FAIR TO LOBBY WOODWIND INDUSTRY AT MUSIKMESSE

Representatives from the Sound & Fair campaign will be attending Musikmesse, the world’s largest music industry conference, in Frankfurt, Germany, from 24-27 March 2010, to lobby the woodwind industry to adopt Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) principles.

All the major woodwind instrument manufacturers will be exhibiting at the event – Loree, Buffet Crampon, LeBlanc, Marigaux, Selmer, Yamaha – plus numerous of other less famous companies.

Neil Bridgland, Sound & Fair Campaign Manager, says: “This is the one time of the year when all the players in the woodwind industry are together under one roof and accessible.

“We will be presenting the chain of custody objectives of the Sound & Fair campaign to each of the major manufacturers and clearly stating that current timber procurements are undermining both biodiversity and human livelihoods.

“Only by purchasing FSC-certified African blackwood can a company justifiably claim that their products originate from sustainable sources.

“Any companies making such claims, without the kind if independent verification provided by FSC, are operating in a state of denial”.