PEFC invites stakeholders around the world to comment on the South African national forest certification system, following its submission to PEFC for endorsement. To give your feedback, head to our Online Consultation Tool. The South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS) is one of our newest national members, joining earlier this year in May. This means it is the first time they have submitted their national system to PEFC for endorsement. Make your comments now! The deadline is 9 January 2018. Click Read More below for additional information.
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) have released an updated Buyers’ Guide to Canada’s Sustainable Forest Products so that customers can be well-informed and confident that their purchasing decisions are environmentally and socially responsible.
The guide provides practical advice to help ensure buying decisions go beyond the traditional concerns of price, quality, and availability to also consider environmental and social impacts such as climate change, legality and certification – highlighting PEFC and its North American members SFI and CSA among credible certification programs. It will help inform the growing number of companies who wish to adopt green procurement policies as part of their efforts to achieve their own sustainability goals.
“There is no country better than Canada when it comes to meeting the growing global demand for sustainable forest products and we welcome scrutiny of our exceptional environmental performance,” says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay. “This fact-based guide will help discerning buyers feel confident of their choice in forest products sourced from Canada.”
The Buyers’ Guide was officially launched at the 28th Annual PwC Global Forest and Paper Industry Conference in Vancouver, British Colombia, on 6 May 2015.
“The Buyers’ Guide addresses the key global challenges that the World Business Council for Sustainable Development identified in their Guide to Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products,” said Bruce McIntyre, senior partner in PwC’s Forest, Paper & Packaging practice. “We were pleased to assist FPAC in presenting these issues in a Canadian context.”