Aratu Forests Limited ensures our forest management practices meet or exceed the internationally recognised standards for responsible forest management. Third-party forest certification supports our mission to be the most responsible, effective and efficient forest manager on the East Coast of New Zealand, with regular auditing also supporting our commitment to ongoing improvement.
We are committed to managing our forestry assets for the long term. We ensure all social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes are undertaken in a responsible manner.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an independent non-profit, non-government organisation, with its international centre in Bonn, Germany. It is dedicated to promoting the responsible management of world forests by ensuring that the elements of forest management and the wood supply chain are undertaken in a socially, environmentally and financially responsible manner. It has regional offices in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. FSC® national initiatives comprising contact persons, working groups or permanent offices promote FSC® and provide assessment services within individual nations.
FSC® requires that forest management is done within the framework of 10 basic principles and their associated criteria. The management principles are recognised as one of the highest standards worldwide for sustainable and responsible forest management. Forest management units (or FMU’s) are assessed and measured against the requirements of these 10 principles. The FSC® process is one of continual improvement and through a series of ongoing (usually annual) audits, FMU’s are required to meet and improve on the standards specified under the criteria of the 10 principles.
Aratu Forests Limited are FSC® certified (FSC – C020383).
You can view the latest certificate here
Responsible Wood Certification
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) are an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation which promotes sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. They are the largest forest certification system in the world. PEFC work throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. PEFC’s eco-label ensures customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.