As a company operating in many jurisdictions with different systems for managing forest resources, West Fraser has selected certification standards that match the forest regions where we operate. The consumers of our products also recognize these high standards in the markets where our products are sold.
The majority of Canada’s forest land (94%) is publicly owned, and the right to harvest timber is only allowed through government granted licences. West Fraser follows strict forest management requirements to maintain and renew government-granted harvesting rights in Canada.
All of the Company’s Canadian woodlands operations directly managed by West Fraser are independently certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) fibre sourcing and forest management standards. SFI is an internationally-recognized sustainable forest management certification program.
In the U.S., we purchase the logs needed for our operations. All of our 22 SYP producing mills in the southern U.S. meet SFI fibre sourcing requirements.
West Fraser subscribes to the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) standard for its Canadian-produced forest products. PEFC chain of custody assures customers that the fibre in the supply chain comes from sources that comply with applicable laws, regulations, and sustainable resource standards. The standard also demonstrates the avoidance of sourcing fibre from controversial sources.
West Fraser’s pulp operations and medium-density fibreboard (MDF) mills are also registered to the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC®) Standard for Chain of Custody Certification.
West Fraser maintains further certifications specific to our products. You can find details about additional product-specific certifications in the Products section in the ‘Environmental Specifications’ page for every wood product we produce.