On September 7, 2021, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Association of the National Voluntary Forest Certification System and the Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers, aimed at increasing the export of Ukrainian furniture originating from permanently managed forests.
The National Voluntary Forest Certification System Association is the only authorized body in Ukraine for the world’s largest PEFC forest certification.
PEFC forest certification aims at sustainable forest management and promotion of products derived from such forests.
What is Sustainable Management?
Sustainable economic development means the production and / or consumption without harming or destroying the resources of the planet Earth.
Using PEFC forest certification trademarks on products is also one way to make it easier for consumers to choose and visualize their choice of sustainable business for the seller.
One of the goals of the Association is to transform Ukraine from a raw material base for external woodworkers to an exporter of deep-processed wood products. With the help of international trust, the Association is a lawyer and publicist of domestic products.
The global furniture market has grown by 65% in the last 10 years. This is a challenge for Ukraine.
Exports are an opportunity for a country to grow at the expense of the outside world.
The analysis of exports of wood products shows that we use the resource given to us by nature extremely inefficiently, namely we export mainly semi-finished products or low-value primary processing products.
Today, when the world market requires a sustainable and traceable product, increasing exports is impossible without commitment to and pursuing the goals of sustainable economic development. Sustainable development is impossible without a partnership for its sake (UN goal number 17).
Ukraine must stop giving its GDP to other countries, and we are happy to find a partner and ally – the Ukrainian Furniture Association, which fights for the same values, namely promotes the Ukrainian brand as a reliable supplier of high quality furniture and has ambitious goals to rank among the world’s top three exporters.
The production of wood furniture corresponds to the concept of sustainable economic development, firstly, because wood is a renewable resource, and secondly, wood can preserve carbon dioxide. So when we choose wood furniture, we double help the planet to reduce CO2 emissions.
Forest certification on Ukrainian furniture will be an international guarantee that the forests from which the wood for their production originates are constantly managed, ie they will develop and multiply for future generations.
Visualization of responsible choice of suppliers with the help of the PEFC brand will allow to expand sales markets and increase the competitiveness of domestic furniture.