Forests area: 264 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): 15,804


PEFC Chain of Custody requirements define the timber, fibre and wood-based material that can be used in the manufacture of certified products, based on their origin

Only forest-based material delivered as PEFC-certified with a formal PEFC claim from PEFC certificate holders (Sustainable Forest Management and Chain of Custody certificates) and recycled material can be considered PEFC-certified material. 


In addition to assisting companies to demonstrate compliance with the EUTR Due Diligence requirements, PEFC Chain of Custody certification offers other important benefits:

Access to markets – provides companies with access to markets for environmentally responsible products

Risk management – includes social requirements to protect the fundamental rights of workers along the supply chain. PEFC was the first international chain of custody system to do this

Availability and choice – much of the world’s certified forest area is PEFC-certified. That is currently more than 264 million hectares, offering the widest supply of certified fibre and timber.

Compliance with legislation – PEFC’s Due Diligence System (DDS) excludes wood from conversions, illegal and other controversial sources

A clear and transparent message – the PEFC logo and label on a product communicates to customers in a clear, concise and transparent manner that timber and wood-based products have been responsibly sourced

Business leadership on sustainability – businesses can gain a competitive advantage over other suppliers

Traceability – assurances that the certified material in the final product originates in PEFC-certified forests managed with due respect for environmental, economic and social standards.

PEFC requires certification bodies to undertake annual checks, including field visits, to verify compliance with certification requirements.  

PEFC’s Chain of Custody certification, which is verified by certification bodies, traces timber and forest products through the entire supply chain. All timber must be harvested in accordance with applicable legislation, originating either from sustainably-managed, PEFC-certified forests or if using a percentage method, from forest management activities that are considered as noncontroversial and in compliance with applicable legislation

PEFC’s Due Diligence System, which is an integral part of Chain of Custody certification, provides controls to ensures that the risk of timber from controversial sources (including illegal harvesting) entering the supply chain is minimised.

To date, more than 16,000 companies are involved with PEFC Chain of Custody certification.

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