FOREST CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its distinctive ‘green trees’ logo, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.
The forest ecosystem is highly complex, and influenced by numerous external factors. Similarly, different forest types in different regions of the world require different sustainable management strategies. This means that criteria for sustainable forest management must be constantly adapted to new circumstances.
They must reflect the national context and the specific ecological and environmental conditions, as well as social, economic, political, cultural and spiritual dimensions. National schemes need to prove compliance with PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmarks, globally recognised principles, guidelines and criteria developed by international and inter-governmental bodies with broad consensus from interested stakeholders. These processes are ongoing and are supplemented by additional requirements developed through multi-stakeholder processes facilitated by PEFC.
PEFC requires that local stakeholders be involved in both standard-setting and decision-making which ensures that standards are adapted to meet local cultural, socio-economic, physical, biological, climatic, and geopolitical realities while at the same time meeting internationally- recognised benchmarks for sustainable forest management.
The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved.
ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to.
This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. Using ISO 9001:2015 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.
What is quality management all about?
ISO9001 builds on seven quality management principles:
Principle 1 – Customer focus
Organizations depend on their customers and therefore should understand current and future customer needs, should meet customer requirements and strive to exceed customer expectations.
Principle 2 – Leadership
Leaders establish unity of purpose and direction of the organization. They should create and maintain the internal environment in which people can become fully involved in achieving the organization’s objectives.
Principle 3 – Engagement of people
People at all levels are the essence of an organization and their full involvement enables their abilities to be used for the organization’s benefit.
Principle 4 – Process approach
A desired result is achieved more efficiently when activities and related resources are managed as a process.
Principle 5 – Improvement
Improvement of the organization’s overall performance should be a permanent objective of the organization.
Principle 6 – Evidence-based decision making
Effective decisions are based on the analysis of data and information.
Principle 7 – Relationship management
An organization and its external providers (suppliers, contractors, service providers) are interdependent and a mutually beneficial relationship enhances the ability of both to create value.
ISO9000 – Quality Management
( https://www.iso.org/iso-9001-quality-management.html )
ISO9001:2015 – How to use it
( https://www.iso.org/files/live/sites/isoorg/files/archive/pdf/en/iso_9001-2015_-_how_to_use_it.pdf )
FSC ® is dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide.
The Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC ®) is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC defines standards based on agreed principles for responsible forest stewardship that are supported by environmental, social, and economic stakeholders. To learn more, visit www.fsc.org