Forest certification recognition statement

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)

The Competition Bureau of Canada: Environmental Claims: A Guide for Industry and Advertisers says a preferred approach to claims of sustainability is: “This wood comes from a forest that was certified to a sustainable forest management standard [i.e., a sustainable forest management standard published by CSA, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC)].$FILE/guide-for-industry-and-advertisers-en.pdf

Public Works and Government Services 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.

 Industry Canada: “Forest certification logos indicate that forest products, such as wood and paper, come from sustainably managed forests. The following three internationally recognized forest certification systems are used in Canada. All three provide consumers with independent, third party assurance of sustainable forest management, ethical behaviour and adherence to local laws.”$FILE/10-010-IC-Eco_logos_EN_WEB.pdf

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.”