Created: 17 April 2015

Tree industry companies use certifications as a tool that guarantees clients and consumers that they are applying good forestry management practices and the origin of its products is sustainable. There are many seals and certification systems that attest from the quality of products to the compliance of social and environmental aspects of forest products production.

These certifications establish many policies and standards so that the management of natural resources, from forests to the final product, causing the least possible impact and maximize the social and environmental benefits of production. They guarantee continuous improvement of production processes, efficiency of forestry and industrial activities and, therefore reduce potential losses and impacts.

Certifications are market mechanisms that guarantee company and product differentiation, initially applied as a way to strengthen the corporate and marketing image. Today, certifications are intrinsic to a company’s operating strategy, as they are included in the entire production chain.

How does it work?

Certification is obtained by independent and external audit processes, carried out by certifying bodies that assess seedling production methods, planting and harvest, up to the industry, not to mention the evaluation of environmental impacts and surrounding communities, employees’ health and safety and compliance with city, state and federal laws.

The most recognized forestry certifications are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Brazilian Forest Certification Program (Cerflor), endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Systems (PEFC). Out of the total hectares of planted trees in Brazil, 58% are certified by these entities.

Ibá is part of FSC International and Cerflor, a system endorsed by the PEFC in Brazil. Accordingly, Ibá is actively engaged in building a domestic and global forestry certification agenda by engaging with the main decision-making platforms within these systems.

For Ibá, forestry certification is the tool for social and economically feasible environmentally responsible forestry management, today and for future generations. Fundamental topics up for discussion with the certification systems are the management of chemical products use for pest and disease control, tree biotechnology, discussion on plantation scale, the role of certified plantations in supplying the demand for fibers, wood and energy, among others. In addition to taking part in the decision-making processes of the FSC and PEFC, Ibá also works continuously to disseminate good forestry management practices and the social and economic benefits achieved with certification, for domestic and international stakeholders.