PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmarks include requirements to:
More than 325 million hectares of forest area (or 800 million acres) are managed in compliance with PEFC’s internationally accepted Sustainability Benchmarks – that’s roughly the size of Egypt, South Africa and Turkey combined. Two-thirds of all certified forests globally are certified to PEFC.
To date, more than 20,000 companies across 70 countries have obtained PEFC Chain of Custody Certification, including Cottonsoft Ltd. That equals one-third of all Chains of Custody globally.
In New Zealand, our plants have PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification. This carries a responsibility to ensure that 100% of our raw materials for certified products are either PEFC certified or are non-controversial sources under PEFC.
There are two internationally recognised certification schemes in the world, the largest of which is PEFC. Both schemes prompt substantial, important changes in forest management to improve environmental, social and economic outcomes.
PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through Forest and Chain of Custody independent third-party certification.
Forest certification assures that forests are managed in line with challenging environmental, social, and economic requirements.
Chain of Custody certification enables certified material to be tracked from forest to the final product and ensures that wood fibre is legal, traceable and from sustainably managed forests.
PEFC is about the supply of Certified Product and Chain of Custody certification enables certified material to be tracked from forest to the final product and ensures that wood fibre is legal, traceable and from sustainably managed forests. This ensures that two views are covered – this being Sustainable Forest Management and sourcing of Wood & Paper Products as well as Legal Forest Management and sourcing of Wood & Paper Products.
Cottonsoft’s PEFC Due Diligence Procedures require our suppliers of paper raw material to complete a Supplier Evaluation and Risk Assessment (SERA). The purpose of the SERA is to ensure that we use paper from sustainable sources that comply with at least one of the following certification/verification schemes.