After many years of collaboration and joint efforts to promote sustainable forest management, UPM-Kymmene has been accepted as PEFC’s international stakeholder member. PEFC (The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is an international organisation with the main focus of endorsing national forest certification systems to ensure the verifiable, sustainable use of forests.
“We were delighted to welcome so many of our members from all around the world, virtually. While we couldn’t meet in person, the virtual meeting enabled more employees of our members to join the session and experience a PEFC General Assembly first-hand”, says Ben Gunneberg, the CEO and Secretary General of PEFC.
Alongside UPM joining as an international stakeholder member, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina were welcomed as new national members. PEFC now totals 55 national members across six continents and 31 international stakeholder members.
“PEFC is more than just the secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. We are an alliance of national forest certification systems, NGOs, labour unions, businesses, trade associations, forest owner organisations and committed individuals,” Gunneberg says.
PEFC as an instrument of change
For many years UPM has been an active force in the field of sustainable forest management. UPM’s forests are PEFC-certified (PEFC/02-21-17) and the company has been actively developing PEFC at a national level in many countries. It was therefore time for UPM to become a PEFC stakeholder member to further its fields of influence, says Inka Musta, Senior Manager of Global Forest Affairs at UPM. Musta was also present at the General Assembly and had the opportunity to thank PEFC for the membership.