Index ratings are based on information received from participating pulp and paper producers. Even though some evidence is required and plausibility checks are made, WWF is not auditing this information and relies on accurate data being provided by transparent producers. Therefore, WWF cannot warrant that the information presented in this rating is complete, accurate or up to date. Furthermore, WWF does not accept liability for any claims or loss or damage relating to the information contained in this document or shown on the EPCI website, including (but not limited to) for lost earnings, exemplary damages, consequential damage or claims based on negligence.
WWF ensures its objective assessment of all participating companies through the use of a stringent and clear methodology and the application of monitoring processes. The EPCI communication code requires companies to clear any communication about their participation with WWF in advance. Without prior written permission from WWF, the companies are not allowed to publish their participation in this rating. The rating on WWF EPCI is not providing a guarantee of legality as required by the Lacey Act or the EU Timber Regulation.
WWF reserves the right to exclude companies from participating in the EPCI at any time in the process, according to WWF’s own judgement. WWF has the right to do this without limitations, for example if a company makes wrong data claims or provides misleading information; if the company is disassociated from FSC according to the FSC policy of association; if the company violates or is suspected violating the EPCI communication code; if a company defames WWF or its allies/partners or other participating companies publicly, voices threats or tries to force behaviours; if a company shows other behaviours that make a cooperation or a participation of the company in the Index unacceptable (e.g. suspicion of human rights violation or violation of the law) or has negative consequences on the proper functioning of the Index. The examples given before are not exhaustive. There exists no legal right to be admitted to the EPCI rating.
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