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What makes PEFC unique?

What Makes PEFCTM Unique?

As the world's largest forest cer­ti­fica­ti­on system, PEFCTM remains the certi­fica­ti­on system of choice for small, non-industrial private forests, with hundreds of thousands of family forest owners certified to comply with our in­ter­nati­onal­ly recognized Sus­ta­inability Benchmark.

To date, more than 18,800 companies ­have obtained ­PEFC Chain of Custody cer­ti­fica­ti­on, offering tens of thousands of PEFC-certified products globally.

With alternative forest certi­fica­ti­on systems available, there are good reasons why so many people are opting for PEFC, which remains the only entirely not-for-profit global cer­ti­fica­ti­on system.

PEFCTM is the only global certi­fica­ti­on system that:

Upholds Highest Standards without Exception

  • Requires compliance with all fundamental ILO Conventions in forest management since 2001, setting new benchmarks for social issues
  • Is tailored to the specific needs of family– and community-owned forests, with lasting con­tri­butions to livelihoods and rural development
  • Offers well-established processes for group certi­fica­ti­on, providing access to cer­ti­fica­tion and the marketplace for certified products from locally controlled forestry
  • Sets the highest standards for forest certi­fica­ti­on aligned with the majority of the world’s governments, including
    • Maintaining or enhancing biodiversity
    • Protecting ecologically important forest area
    • Prohibition of forest conversions; exclusion of cer­ti­fica­ti­on of plantations established by conversions
    • Prohibition of the most hazardous chemicals and GMOs
    • Protecting workers’ rights and welfare, and encouraging local employment
    • Recognizing the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, and ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples
    • Respect for property and land tenure rights as well as customary and traditional rights
    • Provisions for consultation with local people and stakeholders
    • Abiding by applicable laws
    • Safeguarding the basic rights of workers
  • Requires companies to demonstrate compliance with social, health and safety requirements in Chain of Custody cer­ti­fica­tion.

Level of Stakeholder  Engagement Equally High for All Standards

  • Strictly separates standard-setting, certification and ac­cre­dita­tion to ensure complete independence and impartiality
  • Requires all national standards to be inde­pen­den­tly developed with the open parti­cipation of all interested parties
  • Recognizes the importance of the nine major groups as defined by Agenda 21 (CSD Major Groups)
  • Requires that all standards undergo public consultation at national and international level and third-party assessment
  • Demands and implements regular revisions of national certi­fica­ti­on systems.

Builds on Inter­gov­er­nmen­tal Agreements & Globally Recognized  Processes

  • Builds its under­stan­ding of sustainable forest management on broad societal consensus expressed in inter­nati­onal and inter­governmental processes
  • Supports the implemen­ta­ti­on of governmental agreements through a voluntary, market-based mechanism
  • Follows globally accepted ISO Guidelines for certi­fica­ti­on and accre­dita­tion.
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