Facts and figures

Facts and figures

The rapid growth of PEFC to become the world's largest certification system and our popularity among family and community forest owners are a testament to the solid foundation on which PEFC is built and its importance in promoting sustainable forest management globally.

Our work is made possible by the voluntary engagement of countless stakeholders at local and national level around the world, who support its ongoing efforts to expand certification and sustainable forest management beyond the current 9% of global forest area.

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Using wood is good, but let's make it certified!

Using wood is great, and it actually helps to protect our forests. This is where PEFC certification comes in, safeguarding our forests. PEFC-certified products come from forests that are managed sustainably.

Quick Facts

More than 300 million hectares of forest area (or 740 million acres) are managed in compliance with PEFC's internationally accepted Sustainability Benchmarks - that's roughly the size of Egypt, South Africa and Turkey combined. Two-thirds of all certified forests globally are certified to PEFC.

Currently more than 20,000 companies and organizations have achieved PEFC Chain of Custody certification. That equals one-third of all Chains of Custody globally, and you can find these companies in more than 70 countries.

51 national members, with 45 endorsed national certification systems, have joined forces under the PEFC umbrella to collaboratively promote sustainable forest management. Through our projects and partnerships around the world, we work to increase this number, bringing sustainable forest management and certification to more countries and to more forest owners, large and small.

PEFC certification is a standard of choice for public timber procurement policies in e.g. the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, in addition to numerous private timber procurement policies. PEFC certification also demonstrates compliance with legislative requirements, including the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), the U.S. Lacey Act, and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation. 

Based on joint research, PEFC and FSC concluded that in mid-2018, over 86 million hectares (or 20.3%) of global forest area are double certified, and the total global certified area in fact is 424 million ha. Double certification exists currently in 32 countries.

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