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Finance, Forestry & PEFC: How Is Forest Certification Relevant?



25 October 2012


Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General, PEFC International Professor Michael Mainelli, Chairman, Z/Yen Group


Z/Yen, London EC2V 5AY


Presentation - "Finance, Forestry & PEFC: How Is Forest Certification Relevant?" Brochure - "PEFC And The Financial Sector: How Forest Certification Can Help Financial Professionals Manage Environmental Risk and Verify Sustainability"


As a broad range of global financial institutions are involved in forestry transactions and assets, PEFC has long recognised the importance of engaging with this key industry sector to demonstrate how forest certification can contribute to forest-related investment activity. Forests and their management can impact on the profitability, longevity and risk profile of related assets including structured financial products such as sovereign bonds, development funds and carbon credits. Financial institutions are therefore increasingly incorporating certification schemes within their investment and lending risk assessments, decision-making processes and internal corporate governance policies. As the world’s largest forest certification system, PEFC can help provide credible information on, and assurances of, the sustainable management of forest resources around the world.

On 25 October 2012, Long Finance, the London Accord and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC) co-hosted a breakfast event in the City of London to discuss finance, forestry and forest certification: "Finance, Forestry & PEFC: How Is Forest Certification Relevant?" The event was designed to provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about how forest certification can help in capturing opportunities and mitigating risks inherent to the financing of forest-related assets, financial products, companies and operations by providing transparent information, traceability and assurance of sustainable management practices.