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Certification

PEFC

PEFC stands for Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. PEFC is a worldwide non-profit organisation promoting sustainable forestry. The ultimate aim of PEFC is responsible management of all forests throughout the world.

Certification for good forest management enables forest owners to show that they manage their forest according to the requirements of PEFC. Companies further along in the chain can subsequently process timber harvested from such forests into PEFC-certified products by means of a certified chain of custody.

PEFC-certified timber can be identified by its PEFC logo. The PEFC logo on a product indicates that this product has originated from sustainably managed PEFC-certified forest. Only companies that have a PEFC-certified chain of custody are allowed to use the PEFC logo on their products.

Wijma also has the possibility of supplying PEFC-certified timber. Its site in Kampen has a certified chain of custody which means that the supply of PEFC-certified timber can be guaranteed.

Sustainable purchasing
Timber which carries the PEFC (with the exception of timber from Malaysia) meets the Dutch criteria for the purchase of sustainably produced timber. As such, on the basis of PEFC certification, the Dutch Government is able to put into practice a sustainable purchasing policy. More information can be found at the www.inkoopduurzaamhout.nl website. Other member states of the European Union, including the United Kingdom, Denmark and Belgium, have adopted PEFC criteria for sustainably produced timber as a basis for their purchasing policy.

Certification for good forest management enables forest owners to show that they manage their forest according to the requirements of PEFC. Companies further along in the chain can subsequently process timber harvested from such forests into PEFC-certified products by means of a certified chain of custody.

PEFC-certified timber can be identified by its PEFC logo. The PEFC logo on a product indicates that this product has originated from sustainably managed PEFC-certified forest. Only companies that have a PEFC-certified chain of custody are allowed to use the PEFC logo on their products.

Wijma also has the possibility of supplying PEFC-certified timber. Its site in Kampen has a certified chain of custody which means that the supply of PEFC-certified timber can be guaranteed.

Sustainable purchasing
Timber which carries the PEFC (with the exception of timber from Malaysia) meets the Dutch criteria for the purchase of sustainably produced timber. As such, on the basis of PEFC certification, the Dutch Government is able to put into practice a sustainable purchasing policy. More information can be found at the www.inkoopduurzaamhout.nl website. Other member states of the European Union, including the United Kingdom, Denmark and Belgium, have adopted PEFC criteria for sustainably produced timber as a basis for their purchasing policy.

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Sustainably managed forest with the PEFC system

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PEFC certification

The PEFC system consists of two parts: forest certification and chain of custody certification. A combination of both systems allows timber from sustainably managed forests to be used widely.

PEFC forest certification

The starting point for certification within the PEFC system is formed by the national standards for sustainable forest management. These national standards must satisfy the PEFC Sustainability Benchmark before approval from the PEFC is attained. This benchmark describes various social, economic and ecological criteria which forest management has to meet.

Forest owners who manage their forests in a sustainable manner can have themselves certified by an independent certification agency on the basis of a PEFC-approved national standard. This agency will carry out inspections as to whether all principles and criteria of sustainable forest management are in fact being adhered to. In this event, the forestry company will receive a certificate from the certification agency. This certificate is valid for a period of five years with an evaluation taking place each year by the certification agency.

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Criteria for PEFC Sustainability Benchmark

  • The biodiversity of forest ecosystems is maintained or enhanced;
  • The range of ecosystem services that forests provide is sustained:
  • they provide food, fibre, biomass and wood;
  • they are a key part of the water cycle, act as sinks capturing and storing carbon, and prevent soil erosion;
  • they provide habitats and shelter for people and wildlife; and
  • they offer spiritual and recreational benefits;
  • Chemicals are substituted by natural alternatives or their use is minimised;
  • Workers’ rights and welfare are protected;
  • Local employment is encouraged;
  • Indigenous peoples’ rights are respected;
  • Operations are undertaken within the legal framework and following best practices.

PEFC chain of custody certification (COC)

A PEFC chain of custody certificate makes it possible to trace PEFC-certified products back through the supply chain. It provides a guarantee that timber from a PEFC-certified forest has been kept separate from timber from other, undesirable sources. Likewise, a chain of custody certificate is issued by an independent certification agency which then inspects the certificate holder on an annual basis.
The above text is a summary of the PEFC Sustainability Benchmark (PEFC Council Minimum Requirements Checklist). No rights can be derived from its contents. For the original document, we refer you to the PEFC website at www.pefc.org

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Labels & Claims

Companies that have a PEFC chain of custody certificate are allowed to use the PEFC logo for timber that originates from PEFC-certified forest. The label includes a PEFC logo number which is linked to the PEFC chain of custody certificate. More information, for example, on the current validity of the certificate, can be obtained on the PEFC Council Information Register at register.pefc.cz.

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PEFC label

Wijma & PEFC

Wijma itself does not manage any forests in conformity with the PEFC Sustainability Benchmark, but does have the possibility to trade in PEFC-certified timber. To this end, at its headquarters in Kampen, Wijma Kampen B.V. has a PEFC-certified chain of custody for processing and trading in PEFC-certified timber and timber products.

Certificate number: CH10/0760
PEFC Logo number: PEFC/30-31-142
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