Caring for our forests globally
National Sites


PEFC is an international membership association representing a wide range of stakeholder interests.

To promote the widest possible participation, we have adopted a "bottom-up" approach to governance. This builds on national members whose local expertise is complemented by the experiences of internationally-active organizations.

There are two categories of membership with voting rights

National members

National members (or "National Governing Bodies") are independent, national organizations established to develop and implement a PEFC system within their country.

International stakeholder members

International stakeholder members are international entities including NGOs, companies, and associations committed to supporting PEFC's principles.

This unique structure allows for ethical and responsible decision-making that incorporates the combined experiences and knowledge of all stakeholders at national and international levels and highlights its commitment to participation, democracy and equity as critical and central elements in the governance of the organization.

PEFC has three decision-making bodies

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest authority of PEFC. It includes both national members and international stakeholder members with voting rights, and extraordinary members as observers.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors supports the work of the General Assembly and the organization as a whole. It is accountable to all members. Board members are elected by the General Assembly.

board members 2016

Board members are chosen to ensure a balance between the major stakeholders supporting PEFC, the geographical distribution of members, annual cutting categories, and gender.

Secretary General

pefc international staff 2015The Secretary General is responsible for the work of the PEFC Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. He is supported by a highly dedicated team of 14 professionals.

Find out more about the whole PEFC International team!


PEFC International is a not-for-profit organization. It has an annual budget of around 4 million Swiss Francs. Our activities are financed predominantely (80%) from membership fees.

General Assembly Minutes
Minutes of the 20th General Assembly

20th General Assembly
Held at Hotel Royal Plaza
Montreux, Switzerland
Thursday 10 December 2015

GA minutes 2015

19th General Assembly
Held at Hotel Meridien Etoile
Paris, France
Wednesday 19 November 2014