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).

Canfor’s Western Canadian operations source wood fibre primarily through long-term replaceable tenure agreements on publicly owned land. In total, 94.2% of our woodlands operations are certified to the CSA, SFI or FSC standards for sustainable forest management.

In the southern United States, we do not manage forestlands directly. Canfor Southern Pine sources fibre from private forest landowners for its manufacturing facilities, and its procurement promotes the principles of sustainable forest management through SFI fibre or certified sourcing certification. 

Canfor Pulp gives preference to suppliers that offer third-party certified fibre. In 2017, 87% 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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