Today PEFC Chair, William Street, received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award for his efforts on behalf of IKEA's workers in Danville Virginia, USA. The award is bestowed by an
independent NGO, American Rights at Work and recognises those who advance human rights for
workers. Bill shares the award with Per-Olof Sjoo, President of the Swedish Union, GS.
“PEFC is honoured that our Chair has received this recognition.” commented PEFC Secretary
General, Ben Gunneberg.
“It comes as no surprise to us who work with Bill on a regular basis.
During his term as PEFC Chair we have strengthened and clarified some of our fundamental core
values pertaining to the social aspects of sustainable forest management.
From the top down PEFC
is today a leader in social standards thanks to Bill’s guidance. We have a Board that is gender and
geographically balanced, with a broad range of representatives from indigenous people’s
organisations, ENGOs, small family forest land-owners and of course, labour unions.