Forest certification recognition statements

FPAC encourages inclusive consideration of forest certifications. Here are samples of inclusive recognition statements by organizations and authorities.

The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers recognizes CSA, FSC and SFI as being consistent with national and international agreements related to sustainable forest management and meeting criteria for balancing interests, being objective and science-based, implementable and practical.

Duck Unlimited Canada: “Forest certification standards are one mechanism of demonstrating and measuring sustainable forest management. There are three internationally recognized forest certification standards in Canada: Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Canada is a leader in forest certification and is ranked first in the world in total acres certified by third party audits and fifth in total percentage of forestland under certification.” (2012)

Public Services and Procurement Canada: All wood in office furniture supplied under government-wide standing offers must originate from a forest certified under PEFC International (which includes SFI, CSA) or FSC International. Similarly, the Government of Canada’s environmental criteria for paper includes certification under the FSC, CSA, SFI and PEFC standards.

United Kingdom Central Point of Expertise on Timber: “The assessment indicated that the [FSC and PEFC] system is adequate to ensure that certified forests meet UK Government requirements for legal timber. In addition, the requirements for control of uncertified material in mixed source products are adequate to deliver legality. Therefore, all [FSC and PEFC] -certified products deliver UK Government requirements for legality.”

Office of Consumer Affairs, Government of Canada: Forest certification logos on forest products, such as wood and paper, claim to help consumers identify that the product comes from sustainably managed forests. These are examples of internationally recognized forest certification systems you may see on products in Canada: Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.