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Using the PEFC logo on a product is an excellent means for PEFC-certified entities to demonstrate their commitment to responsible forest management and to promote their environmental and social credentials.

kitchen-paperIt indicates to businesses along the value chain and to consumers that the material used in the product is linked to PEFC-certified forests, recycled and/or controlled sources; it provides consumers with responsible options when purchasing wood-based products.

On-product use includes:

  • Use on physical products (unpackaged products), products in individual packaging, containers, wrapping, etc.; or on large boxes, crates, etc. used for transportation of products;
  • Use on documentation associated with or referring to a particular PEFC-certified product (e.g., invoices, packaging lists, advertisements, brochures, etc.).

Note that any use of the PEFC logo and label that refers to – or can be perceived as referring to – a specific PEFC-certified product and/or the origin of the raw material used in its production is considered “on-product” use.

Eligible Users

Only certified entities that have obtained a Logo Usage Licence are allowed to use the PEFC logo and label on-product. This includes:

  • Chain of Custody Certified Companies
    These are entities along the value chain of timber products that have obtained PEFC Chain of Custody certification. Examples include manufacturers, processing industries, procurement organizations, traders, distributors, retailers. (PEFC Logo User Group C)
  • Sustainable Forest Management Certified Forest Owners/Managers
    These are entities owning/managing forests that have obtained PEFC-recognized certification for sustainable forest management. Examples include holders of regional or group certificates, other entities participating in regional or group certification (e.g., contractors), and individual forest owners. (PEFC Logo User Group B)

Certified entities are also allowed to use the PEFC logo and label PEFC Label Generator.

Available Labels

PEFC-CER-GP-LPEFC Certified Label (available for CoC Certified Companies and SFM Certified Forest Owners/Managers)

Claim: “This product is from sustainably managed forests, recycled and controlled sources.”

This claim indicates that the product includes:

  • at least 70% of wood from PEFC-certified forests that meets or exceeds PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmark requirements and recycled material; and
  • wood from controlled sources.

The overall content of recycled material shall not be higher than 85%.

Where the product does not include recycled material, the label claim shall be used without the world 'recycled'.

PEFC-REC-GCMYK-LPEFC Recycled Label (available for CoC Certified Companies)

Claim: “This product is from recycled and controlled sources.”

This claim indicates that the product includes:

  • at least 70% PEFC certified material from recycled sources; and
  • wood from controlled sources.

How to Get the Label?

Companies and forest owners with a valid PEFC Logo Usage License can use the PEFC Label Generator to create the PEFC label. Companies that have not yet received login details for the Label Generator should contact their national PEFC organization or PEFC International for more information.

Certified companies that are interested in using the PEFC label but have not yet obtained a license are encouraged to contact their national PEFC organization or PEFC International.


For further information or if you would like to find out more about using the PEFC logo and label, please contact:

  • Certified entities: please contact your national authorized licensing agent or PEFC International
  • Entities planning to obtain certification: please contact a certification body of your choice in your country. If your country is not listed, select "PEFC Council”. If you are located in a country with national PEFC representation, you may also contact your local representative directly. Our national PEFC member can provide you with country-specific information and tailored personalized support.

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 309 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of December 2018)

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