Previously named the Pan European Forest Certification, the PEFC Certification now stands for Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, name which they've bared since 2004, year in which the first non-european countries, Chile and Australia, endorsed this certification. An umbrella-type organization, the PEFC is both a non-profit and a non-governmental organization that works with local bodies of certification and forest owners to determine whether their forestry practices are sustainable or not. With their headquarters based in Geneva, their members around the world include national certification systems, NGO’s, business companies, forest owner organizations and other committed individuals, making it the largest forest certification in the world.

We have mapped PEFC to:

  • Reducing Waste
  • Protecting Ecosystems/Low Impact

PEFC Certifies:

  • Products
  • Suppliers & Manufacturers

Cost to get certified:

Because it is an umbrella organization the costs of certification vary according to each country and each country’s specific bodies of certification. Third party auditors in each region of the world vary accordingly.

Do they perform audits on companies:

Yes, there are on-site audits made by third-party bodies of certification. You can find more about it in our next section.

Standards listed on their website

Yes, they provide the necessary information for certifications regarding Chain of Custody of Forest and Tree based products and also the Requirements for Certification Bodies to officially collaborate as third party auditors.