The forests in our care and the products that come from them are 100% certified by independent auditors to meet the most recognized national and international standards.
Forest certification provides assurance to the public and customers that our forests are managed in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner. We go beyond what is required by voluntarily submitting to annual audits conducted by independent third parties to verify that Western’s forest operations meet internationally recognized criteria for Sustainable Forest Management.
Approximately 850,000 hectares (2.1 million acres) of our forests are registered under the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z-809 standard. Recognized globally under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the CSA is Canada’s national standard for Sustainable Forest Management and includes locally adapted indicators developed through public consultation. As part of our CSA certification, we have five public advisory groups made up of local stakeholders that review our practices and advise us in relation to the CSA requirements.
CSA Z809 Sustainable Forest Management Standard Certificate_Sept 2018
CSA Z809 Audit Report Summary 2018
Mid Island (MIFLAG)
North Vancouver Island (VINWAG)
Port Alberni (WIWAG)
Approximately 795,131 hectares of our forests are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), a forest certification standard with principles that protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value. It is used widely across North America and is accepted in the global marketplace under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Western also maintains SFI Fiber Sourcing certification ensuring all fibre entering our mills is from legal and responsible sources.
SFI Certificate 2018
SFI Audit Report Summary 2018
Western is committed to the establishment and maintenance of chains-of-custody processes that meet the most recognized international standards: PEFC and FSC. In this way, our customers and the public are assured that our wood products originate from well-managed forests that are harvested responsibly and in accordance with all applicable legal requirements.
PEFCTM CoC Certificate
FSC® CoC Certificate (FSC License #: FSC-C003305)