PEFC™ (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is an international organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through its internationally recognised principles and guidelines. It is developed with a broad consensus from stakeholders, international and inter-governmental bodies. Today, forest certification is an important aspect of sustainability with an estimated 9% of the world’s forests certified. Active in over 30 countries PEFC™ builds on from FSC® , facilitating certification of sustainable forestry but adapted towards small scale land owners.
PEFC™ delivers its certification through its own certified institutions. Placing a large emphasis on the supply chain, PEFC™ works throughout the entire chain to promote good forestry practice. All products are made with high ecological, social and ethical standards taken into consideration. PEFC™ uses internationally recognised requirements for certification and accreditation which are defined by the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO).
For certification, PEFC™ uses two labels – PEFC™ Certified and PEFC™ Recycled:
For paper to be PEFC™ Certified, the paper must use at least 70% of wood from PEFC™ certified forests that meet or exceed the PEFC™ Sustainability Benchmark Requirements or contain wood that is from controlled sources.
PEFC™ Recycled paper holds PEFC™ status when at least 70% of the material is from recycled sources and the wood is from controlled sources.
PEFC™ assures that your final product can be traced back to a sustainable source that has been managed with environmental, social and economic factors taken into consideration. This includes the protection of the workers’ rights throughout the supply chain. PEFC™ also addresses:
Using PEFC™ paper means that your printed literature is from sustainably sourced materials that can be traced back to its source. By using PEFC™ certified materials this means that: