PEFC International was created in 1999 and is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. PEFC International is an umbrella organisation. It works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.

Each national forest certification system undergoes rigorous third-party assessment against PEFC's unique Sustainability Benchmarks to ensure consistency with international requirements. This system ensures that national and local specificities, traditions, laws and cultures are taken into account, while using one unique, internationally-recognized and distinctive PEFC ‘green trees’ logo, making it a truly global brand and meaning that customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.

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