PEFC New Zealand website goes live

PEFC in New Zealand has a new online home with the announcement by the New Zealand Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) of a new website promoting PEFC forest certification for New Zealanders… The new website will keep New Zealanders abreast with all things PEFC and will feature important stories that are relevant to New Zealand.  Reflecting on the new website, NZFCA…

Joint Statement – Forest certification schemes unite for industry

During this unprecedented crisis, Australia’s forest industries are putting their hands up, not out. The industries want to continue providing the essential products Australians rely on to get them through the coronavirus pandemic. Australia’s two forest certification schemes, Responsible Wood and the Forest Stewardship Council, are joining our voices to urge the Prime Minister and the National Cabinet not to…

The 2020 PEFC Chain of Custody Standard, Trademark Usage and Certification Body requirements

Dear Members, Certificate Bodies and Chain of Custody certificate holders, Re: Implementation of the 2020 PEFC Chain of Custody Standard and Trademark Usage You will be now be aware that the 2020 revisions to the PEFC documents below are now available; Chain of Custody Standard (ST 2002) Trademark Use Rules (ST 2001) Certification Body Requirements for Chain of Custody (ST…

Important information for Conformity Assessment Bodies – Responsible Wood guidance

This communication is for Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), providing certification for Chain of Custody audits under AS 4707:2014 Chain of Custody for Forest Products and Chain of Custody, the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard PEFC ST 2002 and provides guidance on the conduct of Chain of Custody during the COVID-19 pandemic. This communication has been endorsed following communication with…

Responsible Wood response – The COVID-19 pandemic

Responsible Wood members, certificate holders, certifying bodies and stakeholders… During these strange and difficult times, and as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to dominate news (and our thoughts), it is our sincere hope that you and your families stay safe and sensible during these challenging times… We would like to take the opportunity to update you on how Responsible Wood…

Standards committee proceeds – with a difference

 ‘Representatives from Australia and New Zealand meet to discuss AS/NZS 4708 as historic Trans-Tasman forestry standard moves a step closer…’ Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from up to 26 different organisations participated in a teleconference instead of face to face due to New Zealand travel restrictions. Following three full days of meetings, March 16 to March 18 2020, Responsible Wood…

COVID-19: Guidance for certification bodies and certified companies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 11/03/2020 PEFC’s guidance for chain of custody auditing of PEFC certified companies affected by restrictions due to COVID-19. Due to the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, travel and medical restrictions are affecting auditing activities. In order to give some flexibility to certification bodies and certified companies affected by the disease, we have issued the following guidance: COVID-19: Guidance…

Sustainable Forest Management and the Eastern Brown kiwi

TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND – 13/03/2020 The kiwi is New Zealand’s unmistakeable national icon – a bird cherished by all New Zealand cultures and especially treasured by Māori… Two hundred years ago, an estimated 12 million kiwi roamed New Zealand’s forests and the night air echoed with their distinguishable calls. Today, the kiwi is under threat with the population now numbering…

Responsible Wood launches ‘PEFC Australia’ website

New website to support Responsible Wood members and certificate holders carrying PEFC claims on forest products…  Responsible Wood, Australia’s largest forest certification scheme, has launched a new ‘PEFC Australia’ website promoting PEFC forest certification in Australia. Reflecting on the new website, Responsible Wood Marketing and Communications Officer Jason Ross, emphasised the growing awareness and footprint of PEFC in Australia and…

Responsible Wood inspires student to great heights

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 12/03/2020 ‘UQ Student Bridget Scanlan announced as winner of the inaugural Responsible Wood Civil Engineering prize’ A GRADUATE structural engineer at the University of Queensland has been awarded the inaugural Responsible Wood Civil Engineering Prize for excellence in timber design. Bridget Scanlan is investigating computational tools for residential timber design for her final-year thesis at the University…