The PEFC logo and labels are globally trusted trademarks.
They assist businesses, consumers, forest owners and managers, and other stakeholders to identify and promote merchandise and goods from forests that are managed sustainably.
Demand for PEFC certification has increased incrementally in recent years, an increase matched by growing awareness of the potential role of forests in tackling societal challenges such as climate change. Today, the importance of certification resonates with the public at large.
Presently, PEFC is the world's largest certification organisation representing over 220 million hectares of certified forests – an area equivalent to the size of the whole of Mexico, or equal to the size of France, Germany, Italy and the UK combined.
Using the logo and label enables certified companies and forest owners to:
- demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility
- attract environmentally and socially-minded customers and consumers
- help generate awareness and demand for products from PEFC-certified forests
- highlight their engagement with sustainable forest management
Who Can Use the Logo?
The PEFC logo is trademarked and users must ensure that the logo and label are used accurately and verifiably, and that any claims associated with it are relevant and non-misleading.
Only companies and forest owners that have achieved PEFC certification AND have obtained a Logo Usage Licence are allowed to use the PEFC logo and label directly on a product or for product marketing.
Use of the PEFC logo and label by non-certified entities (e.g. NGOs, media, educational organisations) for the purpose of educating, informing or promoting PEFC certification and sustainable forest management is possible only if:
- any such use is completely unrelated to a physical products, and
- a valid Logo Usage Licence has been obtained
It is imperative that the PEFC logo and label are only used after a logo licence has been obtained from PEFC UK.
Chain of Custody Holders (On/Off Product Use)
A logo license number will be issued by PEFC UK after the logo contract has been signed. This number is different from an organisation’s certification number, which is issued by the certification body. The licence number should always be used in conjunction with the logo to ensure traceability back to the organisation.
Non-Chain of Custody Holders (Off Product Use Only)
In exceptional circumstances, a 'promotional logo licence' is permissible. In this instance the logo may not be used 'on product' and the applicant does not need chain of custody certification.
For further information, please contact us.