The certification system for sustainable forest management PEFC is an international, independent, non-profit and non-governmental organisation for the assurance and continuous improvement of sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.
The HS Timber Group holds PEFC CoC (Chain of Custody) certificates for all its wood processing facilities.
The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) was established in 1993 as a result of the Rio de Janeiro Environmental Summit. The FSC is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation committed to the environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable use of the world's forests.
The HS Timber Group lost its FSC certification and was disassociated in 2017, based on a decision by the FSC board, after having been set on probation for possible disassociation in 2016. FSC and the HS Timber Group are in an ongoing dialogue process where the HS Timber Group shall demonstrate tangible and significant improvements in its forest management and timber trade operations, as required by FSC, to be eligible to regain FSC certification in the future.
The ISO 14001 family of standards defines internationally recognised requirements for environmental management systems. It includes many other standards on different aspects of environmental management, for example life cycle assessments, environmental performance indicators and the environmental performance evaluation.
The HS Timber Group currently holds ISO 14001 certification in Reci and Comănești.