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New PEFC UK brochure promotes Certified Packaging in the Food To Go Sector

PEFC UK has recently published a short brochure for businesses in the ‘food to go’ sector designed to demonstrate a commitment to responsibly-sourced packaging to their customers.  

The brochure - downloadable here - also provides useful information on the use of PEFC’s distinctive ‘two trees’ label which is exclusively available on PEFC-certified products.

"Consumers expect packaging to be responsibly sourced, easily recycled with a minimal impact on the environment and ultimately, the world’s forests", said PEFC UK Team. "Recognising the importance of meeting customer expectations, more and more manufacturers are now producing packaging certified as sustainable through assurance programmes such as PEFC’s."

“Consumer perception is very important to the companies we supply,” confirmed Clare Lloyd, Key Account Manager at Colpac. “So it is paramount that we are able to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable sourcing. The PEFC label can serve as an excellent stamp of approval, giving customers confidence in a product’s environmental credentials”.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/new-pefc-uk-brochure-promotes-certified-packaging-food-go-sector]

PEFC UK releases information sheet on Modern Slavery Act 2015

PEFC UK has produced a information sheet designed to help certified companies demonstrate compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

Section 54 of the Act entitled Transparency in Supply Chains is relevant to companies with a global turnover of over £36 million and which conduct business or part of a business in the United Kingdom.

All businesses which meet these criteria must publish a Slavery and Human Trafficking statement on their website with a prominent link to it from its home page. The statement should show the steps it has taken during the past financial year to ensure that slavery and human
trafficking has not taken place either in the company’s operations or its supply chain, both in the UK and abroad.

The information sheet shows how PEFC-certified companies and users of PEFC certified products (who may also have to comply with the legislation) can refer to PEFC’s certification standards to help demonstrate that forced labour has not been used in their certified products supply chain.

The publication can be downloaded from the PEFC UK website or can be obtained by e-mailing [email protected].

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-uk-releases-information-sheet-modern-slavery-act-2015]

PEFC UK appoints French Export Manager Elisabeth Piveteau to its Board

Elisabeth Piveteau, UK & Ireland Export Manager at PiveteauBois, has been appointed new industry member to the PEFC UK Board.

PiveteauBois is one of France’s leading softwood sawmillers and manufacturers of timber products for the construction, landscaping and energy sectors and is France’s number one supplier of wood pellets. PiveteauBois is a family-run business with a deep passion for wood and over 65 years expertise of selecting the best quality softwood from certified forests in France and Poland. Its services include wood processing as well as designing, manufacturing and delivering high-quality and innovative timber products ranging from sawn timber, structural components and glulam to cladding, decking and UC4 fencing and landscaping products.

Elisabeth joined the family company after 20 years’ experience in sales and business development in the intellectual property and scientific information markets. She has previously worked at industry leaders Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis and Macmillan. Her mission at PiveteauBois is to develop and grow a customer base for its value-added products in the UK and Ireland in addition to raising awareness of France as Europe’s joint 4th largest softwood producer alongside Austria.

PEFC UK’s Executive Director Alun Watkins said: “We are honoured that Elisabeth has agreed to join us at PEFC UK.  We will benefit enormously from her knowledge of the French timber sector and this will enable us to better meet the expectations of one of our key stakeholder groups, those exporting to the UK market.”

Ms Piveteau commented: “I am delighted to have been asked to join the Board of PEFC UK. Representing a French company in the UK market, I recognise the importance of being able to supply our British customers with certified timber and provide them with assurances of responsible sourcing.  I am happy to be able to contribute to the valuable work PEFC does in promoting sustainable forest management around the world.”

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/pefc-uk-appoints-french-export-manager-elisabeth-piveteau-its-board]

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.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/uk-timber-leader-peter-latham-set-head-pefc-international-board]

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]

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