PEFC™ / FSC®
PEFC™, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is a worldwide non-profit, non-governmental organisation for the promotion of sustainable forest management. Its ultimate goal is the correct management of all forests in the world. By certification of forest management forest proprietors can demonstrate that their forest management is according to PEFC™. A certified forest can yield PEFC™ certified timber. Further along the chain companies that are certified Chain of Custody can process this timber into PEFC™ certified products. For more information, see the PEFC™ International website: www.pefc.org or PEFC™ for United Kingdom: www.pefc.co.uk
FSC®, the Forest Stewardship Council, is an international non-profit organisation, founded in 1993, in order to promote ecological, socially-conscious and economically sound management of the world’s forestry: FSC® promotes sound forest management. For more information, see the FSC® International website: www.fsc.org or FSC® for United Kingdom:
www.fscnl.org. The 10 FSC principles for sound forest management can also be found here.
Why are PEFC™ and FSC® successful?
By their working methods there is a balanced consideration of diverse interests – environment, man and economy. As a hallmark model (with a consistent, transparent system of standards and certifications) they are supported by all significant environmental and developmental organizations in the world, trade unions and international business community.
How does it work?
The nucleus of FSC® operations is the provision of good management of all tropical and non-tropical forests. By the FSC® hallmark system the forest proprietors adhering to the agreements can be discriminated from poor managers of forestry. In addition, FSC® provides recognition of its timber to the end user. The end user can be assured that this timber originates from well managed forests, since it has been followed through its entire supply chain. The instrument that is used for this is certification of both forest management and the supply chain. Certification is performed by one of the independent organizations accredited by FSC® for this.
PEFC™, however, has not made any requirements for forest management in its own right, but contains more than 250 requirements from the international Multi-stakeholder Initiative. These internationally formulated criteria are endorsed by 149 countries. In addition to economic and ecological requirements the PEFC also proclaims social requirements for social working standards (International Labour Organization). The result must be that we can rightfully say that ‘FSC® or PEFC is only FSC®/PEFC™ when it is labeled FSC®/PEFC™’.
Control of the supply chain
Forest proprietors, timber traders, environmental groups and representatives of the local population are to cooperate to improve forest management worldwide. One of the most important objectives is to allow timber production cost-effectively and by ecological and socially-conscious methods. Both PEFC™ and FSC® have set up individual worldwide standards for forest management in combination with their hallmarks. These standards, which will be specified in each country or region, are based on principles employed by PEFC™ en FSC® for good forest management as has been employed by them. If forest proprietors abide to the PEFC™ or FSC® standards, their forest can be certified. Independent inspectors supervise the adherence to the regulations.
Tuindeco and FSC® – PEFC™
Tuindeco will make a contribution not to break the supply chain, the Chain of Custody (CoC). It can be established that PEFC™ or FSC® timber delivered by us to the end user is guaranteed PEFC™ or FSC® timber and complies to their requirements. Tuindeco will do its utmost to avoid wood and wood fibres from following categories:
a. Illegally gathered wood
b. Wood that is gathered while violating traditional and civil rights
c. Wood that is gathered from forests where ‘high conservation values’ are being threatened by management activities
d. Wood that is gathered from forests being transformed into plantations or where the area is going to be used by other purposes than afforestation
e. Wood from forests where genetically modified trees have been planted