PEFC Finland has welcomed the harmonisation approach to forest certification contained in the country’s new public procurement policy for wood based products.

The Strategic Programme for the Forest Sector: Finnish National Public Procurement Policy for Wood-based Products says Finland’s goal is to support the harmonisation of guidelines for the public procurement of wood based products within the EU and specifies that both PEFC and FSC are acceptable for the verification of sustainably produced wood.

“Private companies are already moving towards a more harmonised and inclusive approach concerning sustainable procurement, supporting the further uptake of forest certification and assisting organisations such as PEFC in promoting sustainable forest management in Finland and abroad,said Auvo Kaivola, PEFC Finland secretary-general.