As a company operating in many jurisdictions with different systems for managing forest resources, West Fraser has selected certification standards that accommodate the unique attributes of the forest regions in which we operate. These high standards are also recognized by the consumers of our products in the markets where our products are sold.
Most 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 be able 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 by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an internationally-recognized sustainable forest management certification program, for both fiber sourcing and forest management.
In the U.S. we purchase the logs needed for our operations. 15 of our SYP producing mills in the southern U.S. meet SFI fiber sourcing requirements. An additional 7 mills, which were acquired in 2017, are currently in the process of becoming SFI certified for fiber sourcing.
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 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 many additional certifications specific to a number of 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.