About Forest Certification

Throughout the world, companies and governments are coming under increasing pressure to adopt measures to verify that products have been produced by methods that are environmentally acceptable. Forest certification schemes have been established by independent, not-for-profit non-government organisations to promote sustainable forest management and assure that forests are well managed in line with challenging environmental, social and economic requirements.

In Australia, forest owners and managers have a choice of forest certification schemes. These are:

  • The Australian Forestry Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS4708-2013), which is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) international scheme, and
  • The Forest Stewardship Council®'s (FSC®) Principles and Criteria.

PF Olsen Australia has developed its standard operating procedures to conform to the requirements of both of these schemes. This has been verified by independent assessments. Currently, PF Olsen Australia operates two certification schemes; one for a large institutional client that carries dual certification to both standards, and the second is a low cost scheme for small forest growers (ForestSmart).

This means that it is able to offer its forest management clients cost effective means to:

  • Sell into domestic and international markets that require some assurance about the legality and quality of the management in the forests from where forest products are sourced.
  • Provide assurance to institutional investors that the forests are "well managed" in environmental terms and, in so doing, reduce the risk of public outrage impacting on their investments.