PEFC certification is a transparent and independent control system for safeguarding a sustainable and thus exemplary forest cultivation. All forest owners may participate voluntarily. PEFC is also a monitoring system for proof of origin: from certified forests via the wood processing companies to the finished product on the shelf.
With over 30 endorsed national certification systems and more than 240 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system. The most important standards are: promotion of mixed species forestry in accordance with local conditions; ban on clear-cutting; no use of herbicides.
Independent certifying companies monitor the compliance with these regulations at regular intervals.