New Zealand is unique in that most forestry companies only belong to one certification system, which is run by the Forestry Stewardship Council.
Radio New Zealand recently highlighted Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) secretary-general Ben Gunneberg discussing the fact that now is the time for the forestry industry to start working towards signing up with a new industry standard, which is to be introduced here in April.
“At the moment they can only offer one choice but if they get the standards assessed against the PEFC benchmark then they can be certified and they can provide both. And that of course means customers who want one or the other scheme are then always able to take a first choice – New Zealand wood.”
Mr Gunneberg believes that belonging to the PEFC system could pay dividends for the industry in China as it has recently introduced its own standard which is certified by the PEFC.
Click here to read about it on the Radio New Zealand website.