PEFC/TPAC Conformance Confirmed

05-Nov-2012

The Board of Appeal of Stichting Milieukeur (SMK) has rejected an appeal filed by a coalition of NGOs, confirming that PEFC standards are robust and conform to the Dutch procurement criteria, arguably the strictest in the world.

Five Dutch civil organisations filed an objection, and subsequently an appeal, against the original Dutch Timber Procurement Assessment Committee (TPAC) judgement, WWF Netherlands (Wereld Natuur Fonds), Greenpeace (Stichting Greenpeace), Netherlands Centre for Indigenous Peoples, NCIV (Stichting Nederlands Centrum voor Inheemse Volken), the Dutch Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO), and Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Vereniging Milieudefensie).

The NGOs argument was soundly rejected by the Board of Appeals and the later appeal was dismissed. The rigorous complaints and appeals process confirms that PEFC standards as well as PEFC's bottom-up approach to certification meet and exceed expectations.

TPAC was established in 2007 to assess certification systems for sustainable forest management against the Dutch Procurement Criteria for Timber within the context of the Dutch Public Procurement Policy. The PEFC was assessed as conforming to the Dutch Procurement Criteria for the Dutch market in 2010 and out of 18 principles, the PEFC achieved a score of two (the highest score) for 15 principles and a score of one for three principles.

For more information see the PEFC website.