Forest certification is a complex issue that is often shaped by different land
ownership patterns and governmental structures, as well as the economic realities of a region or country.
Worldwide, certified forests are primarily located in industrialized countries that have a strong rule of
law – like the United States, Canada and a number of European and Scandinavian countries. Only 10 percent
of the world’s forests are certified to any standard.
Georgia-Pacific has taken several steps to provide assurance to our customers that we are responsibly
sourcing wood and fiber for our pulp, paper and wood products operations, including certification of our
wood and fiber sourcing practices; an independent analysis for controlled wood risk in the basins where we
operate; and implementation of chain of custody programs.
Georgia-Pacific supports all of the recognized forest certification organizations, including the
Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), the Forest Stewardship
Council® (FSC®), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), American Tree
Farm System® (ATFS®) and the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification
We view competition among these programs as vital to continually improving the practice of sustainable
forestry on all lands, but not all programs are applicable or relevant for all landowners and every region
of the world.
Certification of Wood and Fiber Sourcing
Certification of Wood and Fiber Sourcing - Our U.S. wood and fiber sourcing practices are certified to
the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®
(SFI®) Certified Sourcing Standard. For a
company that does not own forestland, SFI Fiber Sourcing certification is a vital platform for
improving sustainable forestry practices on all lands, and assures that our wood sourcing practices
are legal and sustainable.
Chain of Custody Certification
To respond to growing market demand for supply chain verification,
Georgia-Pacific has chain of custody programs in place at many of our locations.
SFI, FSC and
PEFC chain of custody certifications are
currently being utilized at numerous Georgia-Pacific facilities.
Controlled Wood Risk Assessment
An independent analysis confirmed that all basins in which we operate are at low risk for
impacting high conservation value forests, conversion to plantations or non-forest use, illegal harvest,
violating traditional and civil rights, and use of genetically modified trees.
Certification of forests was developed to provide guidelines and structure – a set of standards – to determine what is “good” sustainable forestry, and
then to verify it. Learn more.
Georgia-Pacific has taken several steps to provide assurance to our customers that we are responsibly sourcing wood and fiber for our pulp, paper and wood products operations. Learn more.