Forest Certification

Coillte's Commitment

Coillte is committed to carrying out its operations in full compliance with all applicable laws, directives and regulations, as well as voluntary external accredited forest certification schemes to which Coillte subscribe.  Coillte comply with two forest management certification schemes, namely FSC® ¹ (Forest Stewardship Council®), and PEFC™2 (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification).  You can read more about Coillte’s environmental management  by clicking on our Environmental Policy.

Both FSC and PEFC forest management certification schemes are independent schemes which audit and inspect forest managers to ensure their work meets strict forest management standards against social, economic and environmental criteria.

Certification of Coillte’s forest estate is an independently verified way in which we demonstrate to stakeholders and customers that its natural resource management practices are economically, socially and environmentally responsible.

Coillte is audited each year for the following certifications

  • FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification of responsible forest management
  • PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certification of sustainable forest management
  • OHSAS 18001 certification for Coillte’s Health and Safety System (OHSAS)
photo of FSC auditor conduction an audit in Coillte forest
People using Coillte Forest Trail

About FSC®¹

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is a pioneer forum where the global consensus on responsible forest management convenes and through democratic process effects solutions to the pressures facing the world’s forests and forest-dependent communities. FSC certification provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value. FSC is nationally represented in more than 50 countries around the world. 

Coillte's FSC forest management licence code number is FSC- C005714

Read more about FSC

¹FSC licence code FSC- C005714  

You can view Coillte's application and approval for a derogation to use cypermethrin 2015. 

About PEFC™

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.
PEFC works 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. Thanks to its  eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.
PEFC is an umbrella organization. It works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.
With 38 endorsed national certification systems and more than 300 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world's largest forest certification system. 

Coillte has been PEFC certified since 2014 and Coillte's Forest Management Certificate number is 2PEFC Licence Code NSAI-PEFC FM.006

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Learn more about PEFC Ireland

Coillte harvesting site

About OHSAS 18001

Coillte has also secured OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001 certification for its health and safety management systems.

OHSAS 18001 is an internationally applied standard for occupational health and safety management systems to help organisations put in place effective systems of health and safety management.

You can read more about Coillte’s OHSAS certification by clicking on our Health and Safety Policy.

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