PEFC turns 20 – celebrate with us!

20 years ago, European small-forest owners came together to create an international forest certification system that had their needs at heart. On 30 June 1999, PEFC was born.

PEFC turns 20 – celebrate with us!

1 July 2019 News

2019 is a very special year for the PEFC family, as it marks our 20th anniversary! 20 years ago, European small-forest owners came together to create an international forest certification system that had their needs at heart. On 30 June 1999, PEFC was born.

From January 2019 to June 2020, we are celebrating the achievements from 20 years of caring for forests globally and locally.

Through a series of chapters, we will tell the story of PEFC, from the early ideas back in 1999, until today. From July to June, we will publish texts, photos and videos about PEFC’s history, approach, members, stakeholders and much more. Each month, one chapter will shed light on another facet of PEFC.

Voices of the past and present will speak about highlights from the last 20 years, key events that have shaped the organisation, and the future of PEFC.

In November 2019, join us in Würzburg, Germany, for the 2019 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue, part of PEFC Forest Certification Week. Under the theme ‘Certification and Sustainability: from Niche to Mainstream’ our Stakeholder Dialogue will be looking to the future to see where the next 20 years will take us.

Chapter 1 – PEFC: The early years

This is the first article of the series, opening Chapter 1: “PEFC: The early years”.

Throughout July, this chapter will introduce the early history of our organisation, the first ideas in the early 1990s, the foundation of PEFC, and the milestones on the way to become the world’s largest forest certification system.

July will also introduce small- and family forest owners around the world, the reason we were created. We’ll explain how we have enabled one million smallholders achieve certification and benefit from the many advantages it brings.

Get involved!

From July to June, there will be many opportunities to get involved in the celebrations.

Later this year, we will launch our #myPEFCmoment campaign, and everybody can take part. Just take a picture of the PEFC label on a product, share it online with the hashtag #myPEFCmoment and win fantastic prizes!

The hashtag #20yearsofcaring provides a collection of activities of PEFC members and stakeholders around the world.

PEFC-certified companies can celebrate with us by using our special 20-year logo, available on the Label Generator. If you’re not certified, but would like to use the 20-year logo, let us know at t.arndt@pefc.org

PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue

We look forward to welcoming you to Würzburg on 14 November for the 2019 PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue.

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