MC&I receives PEFC re-endorsement

The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators (MC&I) for Forest Plantations standard has received PEFC re-endorsement.

This endorsement not only confirms that the country’s standard meets PEFC’s globally recognised Sustainability Benchmarks, but also ensures that certified forest owners and companies continue to benefit from the global acceptance of PEFC.

The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators (MC&I) for Forest Plantations is a complementary standard to the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), which includes the MC&I for Natural Forests. The endorsement of this second edition of the MC&I for Forest Plantations, which is designed to assess the management practices for, and enable the certification of, forest plantations, follows the re-endorsement of the MTCS in 2014.

“This re-endorsement shows the commitment of our members and underlines PEFC’s leadership in the continuous improvement of forest certification,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. “We appreciate their continued commitment, as well as the contributions of all the stakeholders who have participated in the standards revision and assessment processes.”

PEFC International remains the only global forest certification system to limit endorsements of national systems to five years, requiring revision of the standards before a system can re-apply for endorsement. Endorsement is only granted after a comprehensive, third-party assessment of compliance with PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmarks.