Oct 10 2011

A Case Study on Large-Scale Forestland Acquisition in China


This study by staff from Landesa (then called the Rural Development Institute)  examines the case of one Foreign Direct Investment made by Stora Enso with International Finance Corporation support in forestland plantations in Guangxi, China. The study (conducted between December 2009 and June 2010) finds that despite Stora Enso’s good intentions for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), there are major limits to their legal due diligence, which raise risks for local people to both their rights to land and livelihoods. The study points to the continued difficulty of meeting local laws, much less global standards, by foreign investors who hold a commitment to CSR. | Download PDF

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