The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) informed that PEFC France, PEFC Italy and PEFC Sweden had successfully achieved the re-endorsement of their national forest certification systems.
According to the announcement, the endorsement confirms that the countries continue to meet the globally recognized Sustainability Benchmarks and also ensures that certified forest owners and companies in these countries continue to benefit from the global acceptance of PEFC.
Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, commented:
“These re-endorsements show both the commitment of our members and underlines PEFC’s leadership in the continuous improvement of forest certification. We appreciate their continued commitment, as well as the contributions of all the stakeholders who have participated in the standards revision and assessment processes.”
France and Sweden were two of the founding members of PEFC back in 1999. The re-endorsement marks the fourth time that these systems have successful achieved PEFC endorsement. The two countries account for almost 20 million hectares of PEFC-certified forest.
Italy joined the alliance in 2001 and achieved endorsement of their system in 2004. The re-endorsement is the third time the Italian system has been endorsed by PEFC.
Earlier Hungary achieved PEFC endorsement.
Source: PEFC / Woodbizforum