PEFC Position on Procurement Policies
1. PEFC is an international membership based body whose vision is a world in which people manageforests sustainably.2. PEFC establishes over 200 criteria for national forest management standard setting processes, andendorses forest management standards that meet these criteria. It has developed the specific skills,expertise and international networks necessary for the development and implementation of suchcriteria.3. These criteria are based on inter-governmental, regional forest sustainability frameworks such as theMinisterial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, the ATO/ITTO PCIs for African tropicalforests and the ITTO/IUCN Guidelines for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity intropical timber production forests.4. PEFC processes and criteria conform to international standard setting and accreditation guidelinesunder ISO, specifically ISO Guide 59 (Code of Practice for Standardisation), ISO Guides 65 and ISO17021 (requirements for certification bodies) and ISO 17011 (requirements for accreditation bodies).5. PEFC welcomes public and private procurement initiatives and seeks to co-operate in facilitatingmarket access to certified forest products to enhance sustainable forest management.6.
PEFC acknowledges that with less than 10% of the world’s forests certified, there is an
urgent needto encourage certification into the majority of areas to achieve its vision, and that a diversity ofcertification approaches will facilitate this goal.7. PEFC is concerned at the proliferation of public and private wood and timber procurement policiesbeing developed globally, with no consistent basis in recognised international standard settingprocesses.Some procurement and sustainability guides specify the use of timber certified by one certificationscheme over another, or apply additional criteria over and above third-party forest certification toassess environmental sustainability, or place sustainable forest products at an unfair disadvantage ascompared to alternative products.PEFC considers this discriminatory and anti-competitive for forest growers and for forest products. Itraises unacceptable discriminatory barriers for forest owners and growers and for forest products intrade and global markets.
8. PEFC supports and encourages the use of forest and wood based products from sustainablymanaged forests as inherently more environmentally responsible than most alternative materials. Itwill be guided by the following principles in determining its engagement with government or privateprocurement policies and processes.