the certainty of PEFC
DUM is certified for FSC® and PEFC, a certification for the certainty of our future.
FSC® and PEFC: what’s the difference?
Two labels with similarities and differences. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) was established in 1993, when environmental organizations from 25 countries united to set new standards for responsible forest management. The organization focuses mainly on large tropical forestry, meaning small European foresters fall outside of its target group. Because FSC® certification is also too expensive for smaller parties, PEFC – which stands for Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification – was introduced in 1999. The two non-profit organizations currently provide certification for both small and large forests.
The goal of PEFC and FSC® is the same: promoting sustainable and responsible management of forests and protecting them from exploitation and destruction. The policies of both organizations are built on the four P’s: people, planet, prosperity, partnership.
Renewable raw material
In light of the climate crisis, sustainability and circularity should be high on everyone’s agendas. Wood is one of the few endlessly renewable raw materials. Renewability is guaranteed if the wood comes from PEFC-certified forests because their owners manage their plantations with a focus on the future. More than 1,000,000 forest owners worldwide already manage their forests according to the requirements and criteria of the PEFC quality mark. The huge number of PEFC-certified forests means there’s also a huge variety of PEFC-certified wood types, leaving no limit to its use in the design of buildings, interiors and furniture.
Those who bring wooden products into being have the responsibility to choose materials from certified sustainably managed forests. The PEFC seal of approval is internationally recognized, and is even included in sustainability assessment methods for the construction industry, such as BREEAM and DUBOkeur®.