PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is the biggest sustainable forest certification scheme worldwide, and was established in 1999. It is an approved and recognised ecolabel for sustainable wood for consumers.
Today, the global PEFC is the largest umbrella organisation for forest certification, and is present in more than 50 countries, including Denmark, where the wood for Troldtekt acoustic panels is sourced.
PEFC certification is based on a number of principles for sustainable forestry:
- maintenance or enhancement of biodiversity
- protection of ecologically important forest areas
- prohibition of forest conversions, including the exclusion of certification of plantations established through conversions
- prohibition of genetically modified trees and most hazardous chemicals
- protection of workers’ rights and welfare and the promotion of local employment
- recognition of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of indigenous peoples, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989
- respect for property and land tenure rights as well as customary and traditional rights
- provisions for consultation with local people, communities and other stakeholders
- compliance with all applicable legislation
- requires companies to demonstrate compliance with social, health and safety requirements in traceability certification.