By their working methods, there is a balanced consideration of diverse interests – environment, man and economy. As hallmark model (with a consistent, transparent system of standards and certifications) they are supported by all major environmental and developmental organisations in the world, trade unions and international business community.
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FSC is a global, not-for-profit organisation
FSC is a global, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide.
We enable businesses and consumers to make informed choices about the forest products they buy and create positive change by engaging the power of market dynamics.
Our members include some of the world’s leading environmental NGOs (WWF and Greenpeace), businesses (Tetra Pak and Mondi PLC) and social organisations (the National Aboriginal Forestry Association of Canada), as well as forest owners and managers, processing companies and campaigners, and individuals.
Together these diverse voices define best practices for forestry that addresses social and environmental issues. The membership consensus sets the FSC Principles and Criteria – the highest standards of forest management which are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.
Diversity is FSC’s strength …
To make sure no one viewpoint dominates the others, our membership has three chambers – environmental, social and economic – that have equal rights in decision-making. Also, to ensure that we have globally fair representation, members represent either North or South sub-chambers.
PEFC The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.
PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.
With 38 endorsed national certification systems and more than 300 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system.
Each national forest certification system undergoes rigorous third-party assessment against PEFC’s unique Sustainability Benchmarks to ensure consistency with international requirements.
PEFC – The World’s Largest Environmental Movement
These Benchmarks have been developed based on internationally-recognized, ongoing and long term, intergovernmental processes and guidelines for the promotion of SFM to ensure compliance with globally agreed requirements.
The Benchmark criteria are regularly revised through multi-stakeholder processes involving participants drawn globally from civil society, business, governments, labour and research institutions to take account of new scientific knowledge, societal change, evolving expectations and to incorporate latest best practice.
Today, PEFC includes 43 national members among its membership, which is also open to international stakeholders such as civil society organizations, businesses, government entities and intergovernmental bodies.
PEFC is the certification system of choice for small forest owners including family- and community-owned forests.
Some 25% of the world’s forests are managed by 2 billion families and community members, with 40% of forests in the North owned by 30 million families and 25% of forests in the South owned or managed by communities.
Through innovative mechanisms for group and regional certification, PEFC supports small landowners to gain recognition in the marketplace thereby making a lasting contribution to livelihoods and rural development.
To date, several hundred-thousand family- and community-owned forests have acquired PEFC certification.
PEFC certification is also favoured by numerous public and private timber procurement policies worldwide.
Why are PEFC and FSC successful?
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Tuindeco will make a contribution not to break the trade chain ‘Chain of Custody’ (CoC);.
It can be established that PEFC or FSC timber delivered by us to the end user is guaranteed PEFC or FSC timber and complies with their requirements.
Tuindeco will do its utmost to avoid wood and wood fibres from following categories:
a. Illegally gathered wood
b. Wood that is gathered while violating traditional and civil rights
c. Wood that is gathered from forests where ‘high conservation values’ are being threatened by management activities
d. Wood that is gathered from forests being transformed into plantations or where the area is going to be used for other purposes than a forestation
e. Wood from forests where genetically modified trees have been planted
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SKH is accredited to certify for the KOMO mark, based on an in depth assessment.
KOMO is the quality mark for the building and is an international concept.
The KOMO certificate is managed by the Foundation KOMO, located in Gouda. SKH gives KOMO® quality declarations from producers or suppliers of wood, wood products, timber structures, other products and services.
KOMO-quality statements can be:
- KOMO certificate;
- KOMO product certificate;
- KOMO attestation with product certificate;
- KOMO process certificate.
What can be reached with the KOMO label?
A producer or supplier receives a KOMO quality declaration of the product or service that it provides meets the requirements as laid down in the so-called assessment and when it is established and verified by an objective review by an independent expert, such as SKH in Wageningen. SKH specialises in KOMO certification include wood and building components, roofs, doors, wood and wood-based panels, polymer products and playground equipment. Because the KOMO mark a very wide acceptance and has regarded as a preferred quality award, it offers an excellent contribution to your market positions.
Sucofindo International Certification Services, an Indonesian government agency
When purchasing hardwood products, Tuindeco pays special attention to its legal origin being sustainably managed forests. Our hardwood is supplied with a SICS certificate, provided by Sucofindo International Certification Services, which is an Indonesian government agency that manages and supervises the exportation of legal and sustainably produced hardwood.
FLEGT stands for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade.
The EU’s FLEGT Action Plan was established in 2003. It aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance and promoting trade in legally produced timber.