2014

Australians demand certification and they recognise and trust the AFS logo 09-Dec-2014

Consumers trust certification labels and expect companies to label sustainably produced products. That's the message from the first PEFC Global Consumer Survey which found 81% of consumers globally want companies sourcing certified material from sustainably managed forests to..

Illegal logging due diligence requirements now in force, recognise PEFC and AFS 09-Dec-2014

New arrangements for timber importers and processors designed to protect legitimate markets and combat illegally sourced timber products came into effect from 30 November 2014. From that date all businesses importing timber or timber products or processing domestically grown ..

PEFC developing rapidly in South-East Asia 09-Dec-2014

PEFC is continuing to work hard to encourage the uptake of sustainable forest management certification in South East Asia. Forest Certification Workshops will be held in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in December 2014 co-hosted by PEFC International. Fore..

Australians Demand Certification 04-Dec-2014

Consumers trust certification labels and expect companies to label sustainably produced products. That the message from the first PEFC Global Consumer Survey which found 81% of consumers globally want companies sourcing certified material from sustainably managed forests ..

Indonesian forests to benefit from PEFC certification 24-Oct-2014

Indonesian forests, home to some of the most biologically diverse forests in the world, can now benefit from credible, globally recognised sustainable forest management certification following the endorsement of the Indonesian Forest Certification Co-operation (IFCC) by PEFC,..

Queensland Chain of Custody Support Scheme 24-Oct-2014

Australian Forestry Standard Ltd is pleased that the Queensland Government and Timber Queensland's Chain of Custody Support Scheme has been extended. Up to $5000 worth of funding support per business is now available for companies to obtain chain of custody certification. ..

Are you making the most of the PEFC & AFS Logos? 23-Oct-2014

Certified companies have the most to gain from increasing consumer awareness of the AFS and PEFC logos. Australian companies that are certified to the Australian Standard® for sustainable forest management (AS 4708), the Australian Standard® for chain of custody o..

PEFC announces upcoming training schedule 23-Oct-2014

Australian companies in the wood and paper products supply chain can be certified to either the Australian Standard® for chain of custody of forest products (recently published as AS 4707:2014) or the PEFC chain of custody (PEFC ST 2002:2013). There is a high degree of c..

Stimulating consumer demand to address deforestation: PEFC stakeholder dialogue agenda shapes up 24-Sep-2014

It is widely recognised that engaging consumers in sustainability offers significant potential in tackling deforestation. PEFC's forthcoming Stakeholder Dialogue (20 November 2014, Paris, France) will enable key actors and stakeholders along the forest products value chain to..

Award rewards use of certified timber 23-Sep-2014

Kate Carnell AO, Chair, Australian Forestry Standard Ltd presented the award for Australian Certified Timber to Nick and Sunny Wilder of WilderCoyle Furniture & Design for the House of Cupboards at the 15th Australian Timber Design Awards presentation night in Sydney on 1..

International workshop boosts PEFC and Australia's profile in China 23-Sep-2014

A major international workshop on forest certification in Beijing, China, 16-17 September has focussed on the important role of PEFC certification in improving the management of the World's forests. Representatives from Japan, Canada, Finland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, the..

PEFC re-endorsement process begins 08-Aug-2014

AFS Ltd has submitted the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS) for PEFC re-endorsement for the second time, having first achieved endorsement back in 2004. Australia was among the first non-European countries to become recognised by PEFC, and since then, over 10 mill..

Chain of custody standard published 07-Aug-2014

The revised Australian Standard® for Chain of custody for forest products has been published, ensuring it is up to date and consistent with international best practice. The revised Standard (AS 4707:2014) underpins the tracking of wood or forest products originating from ..

Join PEFC's global dialogue on engaging consumers on sustainability 07-Aug-2014

PEFC's 5th annual Stakeholder Dialogue, "Addressing Deforestation: Joining forces to stimulate demand for sustainable forest product", seeks to strengthen our collective understanding on consumers' perception, engagement, and commitment to sustainable forest products. The eve..

New AFS/PEFC fee collection arrangements now in place 07-Aug-2014

Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) Ltd wishes to advise that as of 1 July 2014 new arrangements are in place for the registration of certificates issued under the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS) and PEFC Scheme in Australia and the collection of AFCS/PEFC notifi..

PEFC Chain of custody guidance published 07-Aug-2014

PEFC has complemented its Chain of Custody Standard with a Guidance Document to provide additional support to and ensure consistency to companies and certification bodies in the implementation of PEFC Chain of Custody certification. With this new document, Chain of Custod..

Revised Chain of custody standard published 31-Jul-2014

The revised Australian Standard® for Chain of custody for forest products has been published, ensuring it is up to date and consistent with international best practice. The revised Standard (AS 4707:2014) underpins the tracking of wood or forest products originating f..

Last chance to enter Australian Timber Design Awards 04-Jun-2014

Australian Forestry Standard Ltd is once again sponsoring the Australian Certified Timber Award as part of the Australian Timber Design Awards and, entries are coming in as the closing date of 27 June 2014 draws near. The Australian Timber Design Awards has been honouring exc..

New Zealand adopts AS4708 with National modifications 04-Jun-2014

A New Zealand Standard® for Sustainable Forest Management (NZS AS4708:2014) was published in May 2014. It has been adopted with national modifications from the Australian Standard® 4708–2013 via an agreement between AFS Ltd and Standards New Zealand. For more in..

PEFC global public consultation on tropical Appendix 04-Jun-2014

PEFC is pleased to invite stakeholders worldwide to contribute to the global public consultation on PEFC ST 1003:2010, Appendix 2, Guidelines for interpretation for some natural forests, including tropical forests by 1 July 2014. The Appendix is based on the recognition t..

Revised Chain of custody standard out soon 04-Jun-2014

The Australian Standard® for Chain of custody for certified wood and forest products (AS4707) has been under review by a Standards Reference Committee for some time and AFS Ltd anticipates that the revised AS4707–2014 will be published in the near future. The requir..

Australian Government welcomes PEFC expansion in China 02-May-2014

The Australian Government has welcomed the news that the Chinese Forest Certification Scheme has been endorsed by the world's largest forest sustainability certification system, PEFC. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck noted that..

New AFS/PEFC fee collection arrangements 02-May-2014

Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) Ltd wishes to advise that it has established new arrangements for the registration of certificates issued under the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS) and PEFC Scheme in Australia and the collection of AFCS/PEFC notification fees ..

PEFC broadens support to certification bodies with new training recognition program 02-May-2014

As part of its extensive support to certification bodies, PEFC is launching a new Chain of custody training program to enable certification bodies to get formal recognition of their own, internal Chain of custody training programs. PEFC has developed a new Training Recogniti..

PEFC sets the record straight with 'The Mercury' 02-May-2014

PEFC Secretary General Ben Gunneberg has written to Hobart based newspaper, The Mercury, to correct inaccuracies about PEFC in a recent article. The key sections of Mr Gunneberg's letter are reproduced below. AFS Ltd urges The Mercury to publish the letter and to avoid the ..

Changes to AFS/PEFC fee collection arrangements 04-Apr-2014

http:/// (http://)Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) Ltd wishes to advise that it has established new arrangements for the registration of certificates issued under the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS) and PEFC Scheme in Australia and the collection of AFCS/PEFC ..

China's National Forest Certification Scheme achieves PEFC endorsement 04-Apr-2014

"The endorsement of the China Forest Certification Scheme by PEFC represents a significant milestone for safeguarding global forests given the importance of the country in the forest products value chain and its substantial forest area," commended Ben Gunneberg, Secretary Gen..

PEFC Secretary General tours Australia and looks to Asia 04-Apr-2014

PEFC Secretary General, Ben Gunneberg, visited Australia in March 2014 meeting a range of certification stakeholders to update them on international developments and receiving their feedback on certification and market related issues facing Australian forest, wood and paper p..

New PEFC Chain of custody now in effect and draft guidance available 05-Mar-2014

The revised PEFC Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013) is now fully in effect as of 24 February 2014. This means that all Australian businesses certified to the PEFC Chain of Custody Standard must now implement and follow the requirements of PEFC ST 2002:2013. All ini..

New requirements for certification bodies 05-Mar-2014

JAS-ANZ has finalised and published revised requirements for certification bodies providing audit and certification to the Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708–2013). The Forest Management Systems Scheme (FMSS) supersedes JAS-ANZ Procedure 26 Issue 3. JAS-ANZ is the ind..

PEFC Secretary General to visit Australia 05-Mar-2014

PEFC Secretary General, Ben Gunneberg, will be visiting Australia and New Zealand in March to brief stakeholders on the most recent international developments in forest management certification.With increasing demand for products from responsibly managed forests, business int..

AFS Ltd's SDO Accreditation Renewed 05-Feb-2014

The Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO) has renewed AFS Ltd's accreditation as a Standards Development Organisation (SDO) for a further three years following a full audit of AFS Ltd's Standards development processes and procedures. SDO accredi..

Calls for proposals: The 2014 PEFC Collaboration Fund Competition 04-Feb-2014

PEFC is delighted to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2014 Collaboration Fund and is inviting organisations globally to submit innovative projects by 12 April 2014. "Over the past three years we've invested in a number of innovative and unique projec..

Construction sector supports sustainable forest management 04-Feb-2014

PEFC project certification is providing a great way for building owners and construction companies to demonstrate their commitment to good forest management and responsible sourcing of wood. Project Chain of custody certification recognises that not all parties involved in s..

Forest, Wood, Paper and Timber Products Industry Gala Dinner, Canberra, 4 March 04-Feb-2014

AFS Ltd will have a presence at the 2014 Forest, Wood, Paper and Timber Products Industry Gala Dinner in Canberra on Tuesday 4 March. The Industry Gala Dinner will feature addresses by Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP and Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary S..

Global forest products companies come together to support forest certification 04-Feb-2014

In an unprecedented show of support from the private sector for forest certification, 26 of the world's leading companies along the forest products value chain have released a leadership statement, committing to significantly scale up sustainable forest management. The 26..