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Supporting our members and certificate holders

‘Responsible Wood provides guidance to businesses impacted by bushfires and COVID-19’ Responsible Wood CEO, Simon Dorries, has published a letter outlining a range of measures that have been put in place to ease the burden of maintaining Responsible Wood/PEFC certification in these difficult times. A copy of the letter has been distributed to all Responsible Wood members and certificate holders…

Master Builders: New life for iconic surf club

Responsible Wood Timber Feature, page 43 of the Master Builder Victoria magazine… The Portsea Surf Life Saving Club, described by the Herald Sun newspaper as ‘once in a generation’ project has been featured in the January-March 2020 edition of Master Builders Victoria. Built by Ireland Brown Constructions and the club building features large commercial grade Blackbutt timber supplied by Boral…

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…

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…

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…