PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of
Forest Certification) is an international
non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management through independent third-party
certification. PEFC is an umbrella organisation. It works by endorsing national forest certification
systems developed collaboratively by all interested stakeholders and tailored to local priorities and conditions. National forest certification schemes undergo rigorous third party assessment against PEFC’s unique Sustainability Benchmarks.
PEFC has recognised certification systems in over 30 countries. Together these account for over 258 million hectares of certified forests,
making PEFC the world’s largest forest and wood product certification system. It applies the highest ecological, social and ethical standards to forest management and is the certification
system of choice for family and community owned forests.