PEFC advocates for the forest protection and a sustainable forest cultivation. That’s why it is so important for us to know the roots of our wood. Only when we know where the wood originates, we can secure and further strengthen this sustainable cultivation in the forests of origin.

Therefore, we established our campaign “Find your roots” together with our partners whose wood products are labelled with the PEFC-seal. By this, we want to raise the awareness for the origin of sustainable wood products to protect our forests. We’re glad that the protection of our forests is just as near and dear to you. To let you learn more about us, we want to answer all your questions about PEFC. What would you like to know?

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.
We work throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to our eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.
As an umbrella organization, we work by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.
With 43 endorsed national certification systems and over 300 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world's largest forest certification system.
Thus PEFC Germany is a national PEFC member organisation and focusses all those interests for Germany.

  • We are a global federal alliance of national standards setters and international stakeholders committed to safeguarding forests, forest reliant ecosystems, and forest dependent populations for the benefits of all. We achieve this through a voluntary, consensus driven bottom up approach to sustainable forest management.
  • We provide interactive mechanisms and tools to promote and communicate about sustainable forest management with the users of forests, consumers of forest based products, and society as a whole.
  • We believe that sustainable forest management can only be achieved by, respecting cultures and identity of people, sovereignty, empowering local stakeholders and contributing to the livelihood of forest-dependent people, communities and workers.
  • Respect for all forest ownership structures, and the social, cultural, environmental and economic values they provide.
  • Respect for the social infrastructures of forest based communities.
  • Belief in co-operation, openness and transparency.
  • Respect for the tenets of federalism.
  • Belief in free and fair market systems.
  • Belief in multi-stakeholder participation.
  • Commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.


Upholds Highest Standards without Exception

  • Requires compliance with all fundamental ILO Conventions in forest management since 2001, setting new benchmarks for social issues
  • Is tailored to the specific needs of family– and community-owned forests, with lasting contributions to livelihoods and rural development
  • Offers well-established processes for group certification, providing access to certification and the marketplace for certified products from locally controlled forestry
  • Sets the highest standards for forest certification aligned with the majority of the world’s governments, including 
    • Maintaining or enhancing biodiversity
    • Protecting ecologically important forest area
    • Prohibition of forest conversions; exclusion of certification of plantations established by conversions
    • Prohibition of the most hazardous chemicals and GMOs
    • Protecting workers’ rights and welfare, and encouraging local employment
    • Recognizing the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, and ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples
    • Respect for property and land tenure rights as well as customary and traditional rights
    • Provisions for consultation with local people and stakeholders
    • Abiding by applicable laws
    • Safeguarding the basic rights of workers
  • Requires companies to demonstrate compliance with social, health and safety requirements in Chain of Custody certification.

Builds on Intergovernmental Agreements & Globally Recognized  Processes

  • Builds its understanding of sustainable forest management on broad societal consensus expressed in international and intergovernmental processes
  • Supports the implementation of governmental agreements through a voluntary, market-based mechanism
  • Follows globally accepted ISO Guidelines for certification and accreditation.