- Promoting Sustainable Forest Management(
For more info: www.pefc.org
also includes the SFI
Program Overview, theSFI
Verification / Certification Principles andProcedures (SFI-V/CPP), and the SFI
Qualification Criteria for Verifiers (SFI-QCV). Therevised documents are much more concise andconsistent and will provide additional clarity to SFIprogram participants and auditors. The revised andrenamed documents are available on the SFB andSFI program websites at: www.aboutsfb.org andwww.aboutsfi.org, respectively.The Meridian Institute project, co-sponsored by TheHome Depot, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), andAF&PA, and facilitated by the Meridian Institute, isnow completed. The project is the culmination of nine months of work on a comparative analysis of theFSC and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI)programs. The project team involved experts fromFSC and SFI
and other experts mutually agreedupon by all of the sponsors. The panel achievedconsensus on all documents associated with theproject. The results were released publicly on Oct.16, and the full report can be accessed at the websitewww.merid.org/comparison.To date 38.4 million acres (15.5 million hectares)have been third party certified, with another 50million acres in the processes.
Jason Metnick,Coordinator, Sustainable Forestry Initiative
SWITZERLAND – News from Swiss Q Label
In October 2001, the PEFCCouncil endorsed the Swiss Q Label Holzcertification scheme. The first decision to developand introduce a label for forest and timber productsin Switzerland was taken in 1997. Two independentassessments of the Q Label have been undertakenand both came to the conclusion that the Swiss QLabel certification scheme covers all therequirements of the PEFC-Scheme.
The scheme covers the whole ”forest and timber”chain: from the forest, across the timber processingfirms to the clients.
The scheme is applicable for all sizes of organisations (small / medium / large).
The scheme is based on:a) the strict Swiss forest legislation (which containsall important aspects of the Helsinki conference)and the consequent control by the state forestorganisations.b) the strict environmental legislation inSwitzerland.c) the standards in ISO 14020 and 14024(certification audits by an independent externalcertification organisation);d) accreditation of the certification body by thenational accreditation organisation of Switzerland.
Furthermore, to meet public demands, the systemhas integrated essential elements of ISO 14001(Environmental Management Systems), with theobligation for a continual improvement of theenvironmental performance.
The unit for a certification is the individual firm,the individual ”organisation”, as defined in the ISO14001 standard, clause 3.12.
The certification body is independent from forestand timber organisations. It is financed by the feesfor the certifications. The certification body operatesfollowing the regulations of the EN 45011(European Standard for accreditation of certificationbodies) and is, since march 2001, accredited by thenational accreditation organisation (SAS) forcertifications of wood and timber products.The Q-and PEFC-label indicate, that the certifiedforest and timber product:
has grown in Swiss forests;
is from an organisation with sustainableforest management
is from an organisation, which takes actionsfor continual improvement of theenvironmental performance;
is produced in processes which respect theenvironment.The certificate is valid for a period of five years.Together, the Q- and the PEFC-label are the onlywood and timber product labels in Switzerland,which follow international rules of certification andaccreditation.In long-term view, this will be one of the reasons forits success. At moment (December 2001) 178 forestowners/organisations and wood processing firmshave the right, to use the Q-and PEFC-Logo for theirproducts.