PEFC appoints new Secretary General and CEO

As featured by PEFC International The PEFC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has appointed Michael Berger as PEFC Secretary General/CEO as of 1 June 2022. “Michael will be an engaged, responsive, and dedicated leader for the PEFC alliance,” said Eduardo Rojas Briales, PEFC Chair. “With his team-oriented, people-centric management style, his focus on collaboration and innovation, and…

Call for Entry – 2022 Australian Timber Design Awards are bigger than ever!

Judging of the 2022 Australian Timber Design Awards has commenced with submissions closing Friday, July 29th 2022. Responsible Wood, Australia’s largest forest certification scheme, is proud to announce the continuation of its long running involvement in the Australian Timber Design Awards. Now in their 23rd year, the Awards are distinguished by a proud heritage of innovation and achievement. The Awards…

Responsible Wood calls for nominations for Richard Stanton Award

Responsible Wood is calling for nominations in this year’s coveted Richard Stanton Memorial Award for Excellence in Forest Management or Chain of Custody.  This is the seventh year of the award which pays tribute to a man who devoted his life to sustainable forest management in Australia and internationally. Richard Stanton was CEO and national secretary of Australian Forestry Standard…

Responsible Wood launches national photo contest to ‘capture’ certified forests

$1000 prize and the chance for three entries to be recognised in PEFC international competition As covered by Jason Ross, Marketing and Communication Officer for Responsible Wood MANY of us are keen to get out and about in our wonderful, certified forests whenever the opportunity arises. Did you know that 90% of Australia’s commercial forests are Responsible Wood certified? These…

Responsible Wood announces amendment project for AS / NZS 4708

Responsible Wood announces an amendment project for AS / NZS 4708. In December 2021 Responsible Wood published the latest version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS / NZS 4708). Click here to register your details and download the new standard AS/NZS 4708 specifies the environmental, economic, social and cultural requirements that must be met to demonstrate good…

Responsible Wood announces Transition Policy for AS / NZS 4708 : 2021

Certificates issued to AS 4708:2013  will be recognised in the Responsible Wood and PEFC systems until 9th of March 2024 under a transition policy approved by the Board of Responsible Wood. In December 2021 Responsible Wood published the latest version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS / NZS 4708). Click here to register your details and download…

Timber from Russia and Belarus considered ‘conflict timber’

As featured by PEFC International All timber originating from Russia and Belarus is ‘conflict timber’ and therefore cannot be used in PEFC-certified products, the Board of PEFC International clarified on Friday, the 4th of March 2022. PEFC is extremely concerned about the Russian government’s attack on Ukraine. The military invasion is in direct opposition to our core values. This aggression…

The Responsible Wood forest certification system submitted to PEFC for assessment

The Responsible Wood Forest Certification System has been submitted to PEFC for assessment. The public consultation, which is your chance to give your feedback on this revised system, will run from 28 February to 28 April 2022. Responsible Wood revised the national forest certification system for Australia and New Zealand following the entry into force of the revised 2018 PEFC…

Responsible Wood recognised in new Green Star Rating tools

Responsible Wood, Australia’s largest forest certification scheme, has been recognised as part of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) new Responsible Products Framework. The new framework, which provides guidance for all building materials used in Green Star projects and will apply to all new Green Star Rating Tools published by the Green Building Council of Australia. The Responsible Wood…

Matt de Jongh joins Responsible Wood as Sustainability Manager

NEWLY-appointed sustainability manager at Responsible Wood Matt de Jongh is excited about returning to the ‘grass roots of forestry’ he knows so well. Responsible Wood CEO Simon Dorries said Mr de Jongh was well suited to the position “with a strong background in forest management, a practicing forester and a wide knowledge of the workings of government.” Mr de Jongh…