Industry News

New entry in PEFC UK Board from packaging sector

Anders Olsson, commercial director for the UK and Ireland and Strategic Account Lead with WestRock, has joined the Board of directors at PEFC UK.

Mr Olsson will put his 20 year’s industry experience in the global consumer packaging sector at the service of PEFC’s commitment to sustainable forest products.

Pior to WestRock, Mr Olsson worked as commercial director for the UK and Ireland with MeadWestvaco for over 3 years, joining them in 2012 from packaging beverage specialist, Tetra Pak, where he had held a variety of positions from 1997, most recently as marketing and key account director for Ireland.

“PEFC has long recognised the importance of having key stakeholder groups represented on its Governing Board. We are fortunate enough to be able to call upon the expertise of senior figures from a wide range of industry sectors and Ander’s appointment will ensure that the voice of the packaging sector is heard", PEFC UK’s Chairman Ross Bradshaw said to Packaging News.


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PEFC announces upcoming Chain of Custody Training schedule

PEFC has announced the dates of its Chain of Custody training.

The training programs include: Individual auditor training webinars (online only) - to take place on 10 May 2016 and 6-7 July 2016 - and a PEFC Training Recognition Program (TRP) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24-25 May 2016.

The sessions provide companies, certification bodies, auditors and accreditation bodies with Chain of Custody Training to ensure they are updated on changes to the standard and on interpretation and explanation of specific requirements.

This enables them to consistently apply the chain of custody requirements in daily practice, and allows PEFC to exchange experiences and receive valuable feedback on the implementation of the standard.

For more information and reservation click here or or email [email protected].

New PEFC video underlines why sustainable forest management matters

PEFC outreach video

PEFC has released a new video underlining the importance of sustainable forest management and the business benefits of using certified material.

Worldwide 1.6 billion of people rely on forests for their subsistence and 2 out of 3 land species live in woodlands.

Certification schemes like PEFC and FSC guarantee that forests and natural commu­nities are being preserved respecting the rights of indigenous peoples and stakeholders' interests.

PEFC UK to sponsor Best Education Project at Structural Timber Awards 2016

PEFC UK will sponsor again the Best Education Project at the Structural Timber Awards 2016, to take place next October in BIrmingham.

The category celebrates a scheme that has used timber technology to create a vibrant learning space for students and staff including nurseries, schools, universities, colleges or facility catering for specialist needs.

The awarded project must prove that it has met its client’s and wider public sector expectations in providing a sustainable, energy efficient and cost-effective contemporary building.

The submission deadline for entries is Tuesday 31 May 2016.

RADIX Tree, a new online platform for PEFC certificate holders

PEFC has launched RADIX Tree, a new voluntary service designed for PEFC certificate holders.

Run by Global Traceability Service, RADIX Tree is designed to reduce the time spent manually checking supplier certification claims and preparing for annual audit.

The platform offers up-to-date PEFC certification information 24/7 and allows to check the entire supply chain for each product at a glance. 

RADIX Tree can also help to demonstrate EUTR compliance. For businesses placing timber products on the European market, this tool can be used to report the tree species, for example, to clients as required by the European Timber Regulation and PEFC Chain of Custody certification standard.

For further information email [email protected].

Try the platform here.