Certifications

Canfor is one of the few primary lumber manufacturers to offer products certified to all of the independent certification programs in North America – the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management Standard, the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®  (SFI®). CSA and SFI are fully endorsed by the international umbrella organization for certification, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Solid Wood

PROGRAMME FOR THE ENDORSEMENT OF FOREST CERTIFICATION (PEFC)

Both the CSA and SFI sustainable forest management standards are endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The world’s largest forest certification organization, PEFC recognizes national or regional certification standards that meet their rigorous requirements based on international criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management.

For more information on PEFC, visit their website »

PEFC CHAIN OF CUSTODY

Canfor have 12 sawmill facilities certified to the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) chain of custody standard. PEFC chain of custody certification gives our customers confidence that Canfor products come from well-managed forests. By adhering to the chain of custody, Canfor commit to tracking every unit of lumber that comes from our mills from the forest of origin and through every step of the manufacturing process.

CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION (CSA)

Canfor is committed to the sustainable management of our tenured forest resources. In line with this strong commitment in environmental performance, Canfor has independently third-party certified 85.8% of our woodlands operations to the Canadian Standards Association Sustainable Forest Management Standard ».

The CSA SFM standard is the leading certification standard in Canada. First released in 1996, it is Canada’s official national standard for sustainable forest management. The standards development process meets the strict rules that govern the Canadian Standards Association, Canada’s national standards-setting body. Open, transparent and driven by local public advisory groups, CSA forest certification helps Canfor deliver on our commitment to sustainable forest management across our woodlands operations.


Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)

FSC® is an international certification and labeling system dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. Canfor’s Elko and Radium sawmills are certified under FSC-C110827 and Chain-of-Custody RA-COC-005906 which ensures our tracking of forest fibre through the supply chain. Our East Kootenay FMU is certified under FSC-CO14462 and SW-FM/COC-001348.

For more information on FSC, visit their website »

FSC® Chain of Custody

We ensure our fiber supplies originate from areas that are low-risk sources, and ensure they are not sourced from any of the 5 requirements below:

    • Illegally harvested wood
    • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
    • Wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities
    • Wood from forests being converted to plantations and non-forest use
    • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted

Canfor's FSC Multi-Site Chain of Custody Certification
FSC Risk Assessment - East Kootenay


Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI)

Canfor Southern Pine is certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative sustainable forest management standard. SFI is a fully-independent program for sustainable forest management that certifies forest operations across North America. As Canfor Southern Pine does not manage forestland directly, our SFI certification pertains to procurement activities. For more on SFI and Canfor Southern Pine, visit their SFI page. »

Canfor’s operations located in the Alberta Forest Management Area held by Daishowa-Marubeni International (DMI) are also certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Canfor’s operation on the Creston Valley (through the recent acquisition of Wynndel Box & Lumber Ltd.) is also certified to SFI, for Forest License A20214, as well as the procurement of logs for the Wynndel Sawmill. Additionally, softwood lumber, chips, and sawdust manufactured by Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (dba WynnWood) and associated outsourced manufacturing carried out by Pine Profiles Inc. is certified to SFI Chain of Custody (CoC) standard.

For more information on SFI, visit their website »

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION (ISO)

At the heart of Canfor’s forestry operations is our Forest Management System, a detailed and systematical means of identifying, addressing and managing environmental impacts and sustainable forest management commitments. Our Forest Management System is independently certified to the latest version of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Environmental Management Standard 14001

Pulp & Paper

PROGRAMME FOR THE ENDORSEMENT OF FOREST CERTIFICATION (PEFC)

Both the CSA and SFI sustainable forest management standards are endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The world’s largest forest certification organization, PEFC recognizes national or regional certification standards that meet their rigorous requirements based on international criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management.

For more information on PEFC, visit their website »

PEFC CHAIN OF CUSTODY

Canfor Pulp have 4 pulp mills certified to the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) chain of custody standard. PEFC chain of custody certification gives our customers confidence that Canfor products come from well-managed forests. By adhering to the chain of custody, Canfor Pulp commit to tracking every unit of pulp that comes from our mills from the forest of origin and through every step of the manufacturing process.

CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION (CSA)

Canfor is committed to the sustainable management of our tenured forest resources. In line with this strong commitment in environmental performance, Canfor has independently third-party certified 85.8% of our woodlands operations to the Canadian Standards Association Sustainable Forest Management Standard.

The CSA SFM standard is the leading certification standard in Canada. First released in 1996, it is Canada’s official national standard for sustainable forest management. The standards development process meets the strict rules that govern the Canadian Standards Association, Canada’s national standards-setting body. Open, transparent and driven by local public advisory groups, CSA forest certification helps Canfor deliver on our commitment to sustainable forest management across our woodlands operations.

2016 CSA Public Summary Report


FSC® Chain of Custody

We ensure our fiber supplies originate from areas that are low-risk sources, and ensure they are not sourced from any of the 5 requirements below:

  • Illegally harvested wood
  • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
  • Wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities
  • Wood from forests being converted to plantations and non-forest use
  • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Our three Canfor Pulp facilities in Prince George are certified to both ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 14001 Environment standards to ensure consistent product quality and continuous improvement in our environmental performance. 

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