PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is the world’s leading forest certification system and the system of choice for small and family forest owners.

From small and medium enterprises to global brands, more and more companies are looking to demonstrate that the fibre they use in their packaging comes from a certified sustainable source. They are responding to an increasingly discerning market place, which expects products to address environmental, social and ethical concerns.

More and more public and private sector procurement policies at both national and local level require companies to supply responsibly-sourced products. These requirements are over and above regulatory requirements such as the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the US Lacey Act, which require forest products to meet basic legal requirements. Consumer-facing companies, particularly global brands, are keen to respond to consumer expectations for wood-based products to be sourced with minimal impact on the environment and the world’s forests.

Environmental labels communicate trust by allowing companies to visibly communicate their commitment to responsible sourcing. PEFC’s distinctive ‘green trees’ label transcends language barriers, making it a truly global brand.

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