PEFC

Foundation Member

PEFC Sustainability

Caring for forests globally and locally

At PEFC, we work to protect our forests by promoting sustainable forest management through certification. This means we can all benefit from the many products that forests provide now, while ensuring these forests will be around for generations to come. Responsible Wood is the National Governing Body for PEFC in Australia. Forests are highly diverse; as is their management, local traditions, cultural and spiritual expectations, average property sizes and support structures. This diversity means one size does not fit all when it comes to forest certification. This is why we do not set one international standard that all forest owners must follow in order to achieve certification. Instead, we work through national forest certification systems, enabling countries to tailor their sustainable forest management requirements to their specific forest ecosystems, the legal and administrative framework, the socio-cultural context and other relevant factors. We require that all the relevant stakeholders are involved in the development of a national system. This means they participate in determining what sustainable forest management means within their country and how it can best be implemented locally. Having stakeholders from several different backgrounds also ensures that one interest cannot dominate the process, as all parties need to agree on the final requirements. This is key to the success of PEFC, as it empowers those managing forests – small- and private forest owners, communities and companies – to do so in compliance with the standards that they themselves helped develop.

About PEFC

  • Status
  • Employees
  • 25 - 100
  • Industry
  • Enviromental Services
  • Country
  • Australia
  • Founded
  • 1999

PEFC Sustainability Actions

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AS / NZS 4708 – Sustainable Forest Management

The Australian and New Zealand Standard® for Sustainable Forest Management (AS / NZS 4708) provides forest managers with economic, social, environmental and cultural criteria and requirements that support management of forests for products and services. The Australian and New Zealand Standard® for Sustainable Forest Management (AS / NZS 4708) is developed in accordance with Responsible Wood Standards Development Policies and Procedures and have been accredited as Australian Standards®. The Standard is used by all participants in the Responsible Wood certification scheme.

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AS 4707 – Chain of Custody of Forest Products

The Australian Standard® for Chain of Custody of Forest Products (AS 4707) provides all organisations in the wood or forest products certification chain with the minimum criteria and requirements to implement a credible system. This system tracks wood or forest products originating from certified forests through all phases of ownership, transportation and manufacturing to the end consumer. The Australian Standard® for Chain of Custody of Forest Products (AS 4707) is developed in accordance with Responsible Wood Standards Development Policies and Procedures and have been accredited as Australian Standards®. The Standard is used by all participants in the Responsible Wood certification scheme.

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Chain of Custody, PEFC ST 2002

This standard lays out the requirements for chain of custody certification for forest and tree based products – the conditions a company must meet in order to achieve PEFC certification. During the certification process, the certification body will assess the company against the requirements set out in this document. If the company complies, they will receive their PEFC chain of custody certificate. PEFC chain of custody establishes the link from the forest to the market, tracking forest and tree based products from sustainable sources to the final product. In addition, this standard includes management requirements, including on health, safety and labour issues.

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