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Greenpeace claims incorrect and outdated, PEFC confirms

Mar 28 2018

In a statement announcing the termination of its membership with FSC, Greenpeace makes reference to PEFC, claiming that it is a "weaker certification scheme" that "cannot guarantee either legality or minimum responsible forest management practices on the ground". PEFC strongly refutes these claims.

The claims made by Greenpeace are invalid, incorrect and based on an outdated and discredited report from 2011 "On the Ground", which was published by a set of organizations with close links or vested interests in promoting FSC over PEFC due to their affiliations.

"The claims in Greenpeace’s statement repeat outdated claims that, as far back as 2011, we already demonstrated were, and remain, unsubstantiated,“ said Mr Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.

"PEFC has been independently assessed to deliver legality and sustainability on the ground," emphasized Ben Gunneberg.

"We therefore fail to understand why Greenpeace – despite knowing better - continues to utilize its considerable ability to influence the court of public opinion to discredit the work of the one million small-forest owners who sustainably manage their forests in compliance with our globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks."

Further information

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 307 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of September 2018)

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