Weyerhaeuser Company this week joined 25 of the world's leading forest products companies in announcing the need to significantly scale up sustainable forest management.
Weyerhaeuser and the 25 other members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group are responsible for nearly 40 percent of annual global forest product, paper and packaging sales.
The companies endorsed the announcement following an international discussion including three forest certification systems -- the Forest Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forest Initiative(R) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification -- at WBCSD's Council Meeting in Istanbul, Nov. 4. The Leadership Statement on the Value and Future of Forest Certification recognizes that reducing forest loss is a global societal priority requiring immediate and concerted action.
Earlier this year, Weyerhaeuser attained international stakeholder membership in the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, the world's largest forest certification system and the certification system of choice for small, non-industrial private forests. PEFC, which is made up of large forest owners and hundreds of thousands of family forest owners around the world, has endorsed two North American certifications standards, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. In the United States, PEFC also endorses the American Tree Farm System, which means landowners certified to SFI and Tree Farm also comply with the PEFC's internationally-recognized sustainability benchmark.
Weyerhaeuser owns, leases or licenses 20.5 million acres of forests in North America certified to SFI, and more than 300,000 acres in Uruguay certified to FSC and PEFC.