PEFC stands for the "Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification". PEFC certification demonstrates that SCA's forest management meets PEFC's criteria for responsible and sustainable forest management. The certification applies to SCA's forests holdings.
PEFC was formed in 1999 and is an international, non-governmental umbrella organization dedicated to the assessment and mutual recognition of national forest certification systems for sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.
PEFC was transformed by private forest owners in Europe during the 1990s as a credible and effective certification system, particularly suited to small and medium-sized properties. Large forest owners and industrial companies – both private and public organizations – also became affiliated over time.