2 February 2012
PEFC's recent publication, A Guide for Retailers, recognizes that the retail sector is in a unique position to make a difference in the forest by ensuring that the products it offers, and indeed the materials it uses in its own facilities and infrastructure (buildings, shelving, etc.), are sourced and manufactured from sustainably managed forests. The sector also has a good opportunity to capture a share of the growing market for sustainably produced goods.
A Guide for Retailers is a brief and uncomplicated guide. It describes for the sector how PEFC certification and the simple act of being able to label their goods with the PEFC logo can benefit them. Notably, the simple act of providing goods certified to PEFC standards can help secure customer loyalty, enhance brand image and increase market share.
The Guide also describes in simple terms how the retail sector can support responsible forest management by, among others, promoting the importance of certification and goods sourced from sustainably-managed sources throughout its own supply chain, through its own suppliers and customers.
2 February 2012
The independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative® forest certification program is inviting applications for its highly successful Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants program ."SFI Inc. has invested over $1.1 million in 24 projects since 2010," SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said .
There is $85,000 available for funding in 2012 for conservation projects and SFI will direct up to $35,000 for already identified community grants focusing on supporting young people's involvement in forestry and natural resources activities and careers.
The deadline for 2012 grant applications is Wednesday March 14, 2012.
The SFI 2010-2014 Standard is based on 14 core principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value, and encourages community involvement. The SFI program is the only forest certification standard in North America that requires participants to support and engage in research activities to improve forestry forest health, productivity and sustainable management of forest resources. Since 1995, SFI-certified organizations have contributed more than $1.1 billion (US) for research activities that support forestry research, science and technology.