Certification provides consumers with a guarantee that the wood products they buy come from sustainable forestry practices. It confirms that the timber used to make those products comes from sustainably managed forests using operations that comply with independently assessed, global benchmarks.
Certification is voluntary and only 10% of the world's forests are certified. There are two major certification schemes worldwide PEFC and FSC. VicForests' operations are certified to the Australian Forestry Standard which is endorsed by PEFC.
This certification demonstrates that VicForests' operations meet requirements for best practice in sustainable forest management. This is done by ensuring our operations meet a set of predetermined and clearly defined environmental, economic, social and cultural performance requirements that supports sustainable management of forests.
As part of our commitment to sustainable forest management we are also a member of the FSC and are working towards achieving FSC Controlled Wood Standard.
In addition to six-monthly audits by the certification body, VicForests is highly scrutinised by a number of extensive internal, external and regulatory audits looking into all areas of our business. Regular auditing ensures procedures and staff are up-to-date and relevant and it encourages innovation and fresh approaches to ongoing system improvements and practices. Click here to view audit results.