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UK Timber leader Peter Latham set to head PEFC International Board

Chairman of James Latham Plc, Peter Latham, was elected as Chairman of the PEFC International Board, at the PEFC General Assembly which was held last december in Bali, Indonesia.

As well as being Chairman of one of Britain’s oldest timber companies, he is a former Chairman of the Forests Forever Committee of the Timber Trade Federation and member of the Council of Commonwealth Forestry Association.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Latham said: “I would like to thank everyone at PEFC for the support I have received. I am very much looking forward to taking on this demanding new role with the support of the global PEFC family.

“While PEFC enjoys increasing successes as an organisation, achieving significant growth in certified forest area, the number of new members and acceptance in public procurement policies, the organisation still faces important challenges and I am confident that we will  face them together.”

Welcoming the appointment, Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International said, “I am very much looking forward to working alongside Peter in his new role of Chairman.
 
“Peter brings with him a wealth of valuable experience; not only has he been on the Board of PEFC International since 2011, he was also previously Chairman of PEFC UK and heads up one of Britain’s oldest and most respected timber trading companies, James Latham.  His knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to our organisation as it works to implement our vision of a world in which people manage forests sustainably.”


Peter Latham was awarded an OBE in the 2012 New Years Honours List in recognition of his service to the UK wood industry.

 

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PEFC launches pilot project to test feasibility of remote internal audits

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has launched a pilot project to test the feasibility of conducting internal audits remotely.

The PEFC Chain of Custody standard currently requires that the internal auditing program of a multi-site certification includes the physical, onsite auditing of every site annually, before the external audit is conducted by an independent certification body.

This initiative will allow participating organizations to establish and utilize their own computer assisted auditing techniques in order to conduct the internal audits of their sites remotely.

The results from this pilot project will then be taken into consideration in the ongoing revision of the PEFC Chain of Custody standard.

Any organization holding a valid PEFC Chain of Custody multi-site certificate - where the sites have largely homogeneous chain of custody processes - can apply to participate in this pilot project by completing this online registration form.

There will be an administration fee of 500 CHF (£384) for all the organizations chosen to take part in the pilot project.

For more information click here

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/pefc-launches-pilot-project-test-feasibility-remote-internal-audits]

PEFC UK celebrates key achievements of 2015

Earlier this month, PEFC UK held its 15th Annual General Meeting in London.

In his first annual report, Chairman Ross Bradshaw highlighted PEFC UK’s key achievements over the past year:

  • the re-endorsement of PEFC’s sustainable forest management scheme by CPET
  • the commitment of high street restaurant chains to using PEFC-certified packaging for their products

CPET’s 2015 review of the public sector timber procurement policy (TPP) Category A Evidence, concluded that both PEFC and FSC remain 100% compliant with the Category A legality criteria. Both schemes were also found to be over 90% compliant with the sustainability criteria and as such continue to deliver the CPET requirements for legality and sustainability.

Over the past year several high street restaurant chains have now committed to using PEFC-certified packaging for their products. KFC use the PEFC label on its customer-facing packaging to provide assurances of responsible sourcing. Pizza Hut uses the PEFC label on its chicken buckets and McDonald’s recently announced the packaging used in its European restaurants is now certified.

"It is excellent news that companies accounting for such a large proportion of our high street food outlets, have pledged to source their packaging sustainably to help protect the world’s forests", commented Mr Bradshaw. 

Further highlights of the year can be found in PEFC 2016 Annual Report.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/pefc-uk-celebrates-key-2015-achievements-its-annual-general%C2%A0meeting]

PEFC UK publishes presentations from its Annual Stakeholder Meeting 2016

Presentations and insight form the PEFC Annual Stakeholder Day 2016 are now available on PEFC UK website here.

The event - held on Tuesday 5th of July at the Society of Chemical Industry in London - saw relevant contributions by Ignacio Gavilan, Director of Sustainability for the influential global industry group, the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Martyn White of the John Lewis Partnership, Steve Cook of Willmott Dixon, Riikka Joukio of Metsäboard and the WBCSD Forest Solutions Group and Sarah Price, Head of Projects & Development.

Main findings of the Annual Stakeholder Day include:

  • PEFC has released over 17 500 Chain of Custody certifications in 62 countries covering more than 285 Million hectares of forest worldwide
  • Certified forest area has grown +4% in the past 3 years
  • Annual demand for industrial wood is expected to grow constantly in the near future
  • Developing standards that are both achievable and stretching will be an ongoing challenge
  • Certification plays a key role in brand value and recognition
  • Collaboration through trade bodies creates a strong common voice
  • Make Legal and Sustainable sourcing is a key requisite for any fit out or new build projects

For more information, please contact Hilary Khawam at [email protected].

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/pefc-uk-publishes-presentations-its-annual-stakeholder-meeting-2016]

Vietnam makes substantial progress towards PEFC endorsement

Vietnam is on the road to developing its own national forest certification system in line with PEFC international requirements.

As reiterated by Mr. Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Vietnamese government committed to establish the Vietnam Forest Certification Council (VFCC) which will take on the role of running the national system.

“It is fantastic to be here and see the strong desire from the national government and local stakeholders alike to develop the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS),” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International, during his visit to the country. “The progress they have made so far, and the sheer potential for uptake of forest certification are impressive.”

“Growing PEFC Chain of Custody in Viet Nam is a vital component of expanding PEFC-certified products on the global market. Significant volumes of PEFC-certified wood are currently imported to Viet Nam for product manufacturing, and then re-exported to markets worldwide. Moreover, domestic PEFC-certified sources will also soon be available,” added Mr Gunneberg.

“Mr. Gunneberg and Mr. Ha Cong Tuan have made a strong commitment to develop and operate the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme as soon as is possible,” highlighted Dr. Vu Tan Phuong, Director of International Cooperation and Training.

“This will support the forestry industry in meeting market demands, while at the same time will strengthen the ecological functions of our forests, particularly in the context of climate change,” Dr. Phuong concluded.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/vietnam-makes-substantial-progress-towards-pefc-endorsement]

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