Independent Forest Certification
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).
In total, 99.5% of Canfor’s woodlands operations are certified to the CSA, SFI or FSC standards for sustainable forest management. The percentage increased for a number of reasons, including the addition of new licenses such as WynnWood and the expiry of others. In 2016, we prepared a new Sustainable Forest Management Plan for our Kootenay Operations that combines both CSA Z809 and FSC-BC performance targets in a single plan.
Canfor Pulp gives preference to suppliers that offer third-party certified fibre. In 2016, 83% of our fibre came from third-party certified sources covered by a chain of custody, and our goal is to source 90% of our fibre from PEFC or FSC sources by 2020.
Canada Leads the World in Certification
There are three internationally recognized certification programs in North America: Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®). Recent statistics show Canada is a leader in forest certification globally, which highlights the commitment to sustainability of North American forest managers.
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