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Facts & Figures

The rapid growth of PEFC to become the world's largest certification system and its popularity among family and community forest owners are a testament to the solid foundation on which PEFC is built and its importance in promoting sustainable forest management globally.

To this must be added more than 20,000 companies that have obtained PEFC Chain of Custody certification, demonstrating their commitment to responsible sourcing of certified products.

PEFC’s work is also made possible by the voluntary engagement of countless stakeholders at local and national level on four continents, who support its ongoing efforts to expand certification and sustainable forest management beyond the current 9% of global forest area.

Quick Facts

  • More than 300 million hectares of forest area (or 740 million acres) are managed in compliance with PEFC's internationally accepted Sustainability Benchmarks - that's roughly the size of Egypt, South Africa and Turkey combined.
  • Two-thirds of all certified forests globally are certified to PEFC.
  • Currently more than 20,000 companies and organizations have achieved PEFC Chain of Custody certification.
  • One-third of all Chains of Custody globally have been awarded by PEFC.
  • 49 national members and 44 endorsed national certification systems have joined forces under the PEFC umbrella to collaboratively promote sustainable forest management.
  • PEFC certification is a standard of choice for public timber procurement policies in e.g. the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, in addition to numerous private timber procurement policies.
  • Based on joint research, PEFC and FSC concluded that in mid-2018, over 86 million hectares (or 20.3%) of global forest area are double certified, and the total global certified area in fact is 424 million ha. Double certification exists currently in 32 countries. Find out more.

PEFC Global Statistics

More information:

Latest PEFC Global Statistics (December 2018) (2.47 MB)

PEFC Global Statistics (December 2017) (2.32 MB)

PEFC Global Statistics (December 2016) (2.31 MB)

PEFC Global Statistics (December 2015) (2.33 MB)

PEFC Global Statistics (December 2014) (2.27 MB)

PEFC Global Statistics (December 2013) (786.11 kB)