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PEFC Certification & Standard

PEFC, Sustainable Forestry and Chain of Custody 

The global Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is one of the two internationally recognised systems for the certification of sustainable forestry management and its supply chain. The other is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Although they support the same objectives, there are some differences between the FSC and PEFC, download the PEFC’s Promoting Sustainable Forest Management Globally to learn more.

Chain of Custody (CoC) certification is a means of tracking certified material from the forest to the final product to ensure that they can be traced back to certified forests. For APA member mills, as well as other manufacturers worldwide, it is CoC requirements that are the most important.

PEFC recently expanded their CoC requirements to cover:

  • wider issues related to sustainability of production and harvest levels
  • biodiversity
  • ecologically important forest areas
  • fundamental principles and rights at work
  • rights of indigenous peoples.
  • See the PEFC 2020 updated standard in full and key changes here.

PEFC is an alliance of national forestry standards such as the UK Woodland Assurance Standard or the USA’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The latter is currently revising its forest certification system to align with the revised 2018 PEFC Sustainable Forest management standard.