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PEFC – The Responsible Choice

All sorts of products carry all sorts of endorsements and logos, but there's one which really matters for people interested in the future of the world's forests. This brochure outlines to consumers why forests matter, what the PEFC logo means, and what they can do to help safeguard the world's green lungs.

Forests are wonderful places. As well as supplying our need for wood-based products, they offer a precious living resource, provide habitats and shelter for all kinds of life, and play a fundamental role in regulating the climate.

If that wasn't enough, an estimated 1.6 billion people across the world rely on forests and what they have to offer for their livelihoods. Yet they are under threat from activities such as illegal logging, and clearance for agriculture and urban development.

The need to conserve our forests and manage them sustainably has never been greater. One thing that consumers can do to help is to choose PEFC certified products.

PEFC stands for Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification and the PEFC 'green trees' logo provides assurances that wood-based products – from timber to furniture, packaging to paper – come from sustainable sources.

PEFC works all over the world, ensuring that forests meet its high standards of sustainability and that the wood fibre and timber they produce is carefully tracked through the supply chain as it is made into a wide variety of products.

In fact, once you start looking for it, you will see the PEFC 'green trees' logo in many places. It's a really useful guide to determine whether what you are about to buy originates from responsibly managed forests. It's the far-reaching sustainable nature of the programme that makes it so valuable.

PEFC's approach to sustainable forest management includes detailed environmental, social and economic requirements, with independent auditors verifying compliance of forest managers on a regular basis.

This level of assurance has helped PEFC become the world's largest sustainable forest certification system, which means that its 'green trees' logo will increasingly appear on more products in the future.

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PEFC – The Responsible Choice (335.80 kB)

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 300 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 18,800

(as of March 2017)
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