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PEFC 20th Anniversary! Celebrate with us!

Published on 2 July 2019

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.

Over the next 12 months, we will celebrate through a series of articles.  Our first chapter of the story in July is "PEFC - the early years", the creation of PEFC and the milestones on becoming the worlds largest forest certification scheme.  

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.

Pefc Founding PhotoHighlight: PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue in Würzburg

The highlight of the anniversary year is the PEFC Forest Certification Week in November, with the public PEFC Stakeholder Dialogue on 14 November.

The theme of the event is " 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.  All of this will take place in Würzburg in Germany, where one of the very first meetings took place after the establishment of PEFC in 1999.

My PEFC Moment

We will also launch our #myPEFCmoment campaign later this year in which everyone can participate. Just take a photo of the PEFC label on a product, share it on social media with the hashtag #myPEFCmoment!

The hashtag #20yearsofcaring members and stakeholders around the world can share their activities.20th Anniv Smaller