Establishing a working group
The working group must have balanced representation, this means having different interests around the table, with no interest group dominating the process. We base the interest groups on Agenda 21 and include business and industry, children and youth, forest owners, indigenous people, local authorities, NGOs, scientific and technological communities, women, and workers and trade unions. Furthermore, we require the standardizing body considers gender balance in their selection of candidates for the working group.
Developing the draft
Testing the draft
To determine whether the standard works on the ground, the draft standard also goes through a pilot test, with the results feeding back into the working group.
The final draft
The review process includes the consideration of feedback received during the standard’s implementation, a gap analysis with current PEFC requirements, legislation and other relevant standards, and finally the consultation of Responsible Wood stakeholders. Based on the review, the standardizing body then decides either to revise the standard or to reaffirm it without any changes.