Yong Teng Koon CEO of Malaysian Timber Certification Council (left) receiving the Certification of Appreciation from William Street, PEFC International Chairman.
The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) has registered 59 new wood processing companies certified through the Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, up 21% from the year before, making it the third highest increase in the number of certified firms in 2015.
The Certificate of Appreciation, given by the Programme for the Endorsement for Forest Certification (PEFC) was presented during the PEFC General Assembly held in Montreux, Switzerland on 10 December 2015.
MTCC CEO Yong Teng Koon said that sustainable forest management practices ensure that the three pillars of sustainability–social, environmental and economic–are adequately addressed in a balanced manner. Sustainable forest management not only mitigates climate change, it also safeguards biodiversity and society.
He said, “It is heartening to see the increasing number of timber companies pledging their support for CoC certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). By obtaining the CoC certification, timber and timber-related companies do not only help protect the forests, but also gain a better market position and positive brand image for their products as well as improved access to global market.”
The MTCS is currently recognised by Denmark, the UK, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand as well as under the Malaysia Green Building Index and other Green Building Systems in Singapore, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, UAE, and the USA.
MTCC will continue to collaborate with key industry stakeholders on strengthening timber certification across the timber supply chain in the coming year.
Source: MTCC/ Edited by Panels & Furniture Asia