PEFC CERTIFIED PAPER

FOR THE PRINT,
PACKAGING
AND PUBLISHING
INDUSTRIES

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Growing Demand for
Sustainable Products

Demand for sustainably produced goods is growing
in major markets globally. Consumers are becoming
better informed and more concerned about the
environmental provenance of the products they buy.
Increasingly, companies producing paper and
packaging products are keen to demonstrate their
corporate sustainability commitments by developing a
credible paper procurement policy.
Financial institutions are also increasingly using
credible corporate social responsibility reporting to
assess financial risk profiles and lending status.

GROWING DEMAND FOR
THE PEFC LOGO
In response to increasing print buyer
interest in providing assurances
of sustainable sourcing to their
customers, leading paper merchants
are offering a range of PEFC certified
papers, with more and more print
companies obtaining PEFC Chain of
Custody certification.
Ever increasing numbers of publishers and
brand owners are opting to use the PEFC
logo on their publications to demonstrate
responsible paper sourcing.
The PEFC brand is visible at national and
international levels, with global publications
such as The Economist and publishers
and companies from all sectors opting to
use the PEFC logo on their publications,
brochures, and reports.

WHY CHOOSE PEFC?
Corporate sustainability policies often seek
to ensure that virgin fibre used originates
from legal and sustainable sources.
One of the easiest ways of demonstrating
that virgin fibre comes from responsibly
managed forests is to source from forests
that have been independently certified.
Certification also ensures that products are
tracked through the supply chain.
Furthermore, with PEFC being the first
global system to include social
requirements in Chain of Custody
certification, the basic rights of potentially
millions of workers along the supply chain
are protected.

PEFC: Programme for THE Endorsement
of Forest 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.
Each national system undergoes rigorous
third party assessment against PEFC
International’s unique Sustainability
Benchmarks.
These Benchmarks are based on broad
consensus by society, expressed in
globally respected international and
intergovernmental processes and
guidelines for the promotion of
sustainable forest management.

The Benchmark criteria are regularly
revised through multi-stakeholder
processes to take account of new
scientific knowledge, societal change,
evolving expectations and to incorporate
the most up-to-date best practices
worldwide
Today, PEFC has recognised certification
systems in about 30 countries.
Together these account for over 230
million hectares of certified forests,
making PEFC the world’s largest forest
certification system. It is the certification
system of choice for small forest owners
including family and community-owned
forests. PEFC certified materials are
accepted by numerous public and private
procurement policies worldwide.

Chain of Custody CERTIFICATION
• Wood-processing enterprises, retailers,
printers, manufacturers, traders,
wholesalers or stockists get their
product flow certified.
• Chain of Custody certification
guarantees that certified products
originate from sustainably managed
forests.
• The label allows customers and
consumers to identify certified products.

FOREST

PAPERMAKING

What are the benefits of PEFC Certification?
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PEFC allows you to be confident about your raw material sourcing.
PEFC certification provides a fully audited and verifiable supply chain
from forest to end use.
PEFC certification provides you and your customers with assurances
that the fibre used and the products purchased originate from legal
and sustainable sources.
PEFC reduces risk and can improve the internal efficiency of your
business throughout the paper supply chain accounting system by
integrating Chain of Custody certification into your company’s quality
management and control systems.
PEFC provides a practical demonstration of your company’s
corporate, environmental and social responsibility by forming the
foundation of a credible paper procurement policy.
PEFC gives access to its trademarked logo for both on and off-product
communications.

DISTRIBUTION

PRINTING

RETAIL

Growing Demand for
Sustainable Products

PEFC Certified Paper
for THE PRINT,
PACKAGING
AND PUBLISHING
INDUSTRIES

PEFC Chain of Custody Certification
Chain of Custody is the process by which the
source of a forest product is verified.

Demand for sustainably produced goods is growing
in major markets globally. Consumers are becoming
better informed and more concerned about the

In order for products originating from certified
sources to carry the PEFC logo, the certified
raw material must be tracked from the forest
through the supply chain.

Increasingly, companies producing paper and

Only when this process has been independently
verified and the product contains a minimum
percentage of 70% PEFC-certified material is
the product eligible to bear the PEFC logo.

packaging products are keen to demonstrate their

PEFC has endorsed certification

corporate sustainability commitments by developing

systems in around 30 countries over four

environmental provenance of the products they buy.

a credible paper procurement policy.

continents.
Specifying PEFC certified paper will provide

Financial institutions are also increasingly using

both you and your customers with assurances

credible corporate social responsibility reporting to

that paper products originate from responsibly-

assess financial risk profiles and lending status.

managed sources.

For further information about
the PEFC visit:

www.pefc.org
PEFC Council
World Trade Center
10, route de l’Aéroport
CH-1215 Geneva
Switzerland
Printed on PEFC certified paper
by Fuller Davies Limited
Baird Close, Hadleigh Rd Industrial Estate
Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 OUF

t +41 22 799 45 40
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