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Below is a list of organisations that offer a certification or membership that requires the applicant to meet certain criteria demonstrating their commitment towards sustainability.

WWF-GFTN WWF - Global Forest Trade Network
The GFTN - a WWF-led partnership - links more than 300 companies, communities, NGOs and entrepreneurs in more than 30 countries around the world. The goal is to create a new market for environmentally responsible forest products.
Since 1991, market-driven demands from GFTN participants have increased the economic incentives for responsible forestry management. This is helping to ensure that millions of acres of forests are independently and credibly certified, a guarantee that the forests are well managed and that their products come from legal and sustainable timber harvests.


Participants must be legally registered entities and meet specific criteria. Requirements for joining GFTN include publicly committing to use only legal and responsible sources of wood, applying for credible certification, and agreeing to comply with the GFTN communication code of practice.

For further information on GFTN visit their website.
FSC Forest Stewardship Council
The FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests.
FSC runs a global forest certification system with 2 key components; Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use timber and forest products produced from well-managed forests.

FSC Forest Management certification is the certification of the forest or plantation area.

FSC Chain of Custody certification tracks the FSC certified material through the production processes all the way to the store.

The certification process is carried out by independent organisations called certification bodies, which assess forest management and chain of custody operations against FSC standards. Only FSC accredited certification bodies are authorised to issue FSC certificates.

For further information on FSC visit their website.
PEFC Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.
PEFC offers certification for both Forest Management and Chain of Custody.

PEFC Sustainable Forest Management Certification provides forest owners and managers with independent recognition of their responsible management practices. It also demonstrates that management practices meet requirements for best practice in sustainable forest management.

Chain of Custody Certification provides assurances that wood and wood-based products originate from sustainably managed forests. For a product to qualify for certification, all entities along the supply chain must possess a PEFC Chain of Custody certificate.

For further information on PEFC visit their website.
SFI Sustainable Forestry Initiative
SFI Inc. is a fully independent, charitable organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.
Our forest certification standard is based on principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value.

The standard is used widely across North America and has strong acceptance in the global marketplace. To become certified the forest operations must be third-party audited to the standard's requirements by an independent, objective and accredited certification bodies.

SFI also has a Chain of Custody certification that extends into the marketplace by tracking fibre content from certified forest content, certified sourcing and post consumer recycled content. To be certified, companies must be audited to SFI Requirements: Section 3 - SFI Chain of Custody Standard. This is verified by an independent third-party certification audit.

For further information on SFI visit their website.
MTCC Malaysian Timber Certification Council
MTCC was established in 1998 as an independent organisation to operate the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS).
The MTCS is a voluntary national scheme that provides for independent assessment of forest management practices to ensure the sustainable management of Malaysia's natural forest and forest plantations. The MTCS has been endorsed by PEFC schemes and is the first tropical timber certification scheme in the Asia Pacific region to be endorsed by them.

There are 2 types of certification:

Forest Management Certification - this is a process of third party audit of the forest management practices of natural forest in a Forest Management Unit (FMU) or forest plantation in a Forest Plantation Management Unit (FPMU).

Chain of Custody Certification - this is a process of third party audit of timber product manufacturers or exporters to ascertain that the timber products manufactured or exported are sourced from forests which have been awarded the Certificate for Forest Management / Certificate for Forest Plantation Management and leads to an award of a Certificate for Chain of Custody under the MTCS.

For further information on MTCC visit their website.
UKWAS UK Woodland Assurance Standard
UKWAS is an independent certification standard for verifying sustainable woodland management in the United Kingdom.
The UK Woodland Assurance Standard provides the central component of the forest certification programmes operated in the UK by the FSC and the PEFC.

Woodland owners / managers need to appoint an accredited certification body to carry out audits against the UKWAS standard.

For further information on UKWAS visit their website.

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