Double A joins PEFC as an international stakeholder member
(Bangkok, Thailand, March 06, 2017) Double A, a major pulp and paper producer in Thailand, has been accepted by PEFC as an International Stakeholder member.
“It is wonderful to welcome Double A into the PEFC alliance,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. “Double A are doing fantastic work with smallholders in their country, as well as playing a vital support role in the development of a Thai national forest certification system.”
“In PEFC, Double A has found the right organization through which we can promote our trees outside forests based agroforestry, as well as be part of a global system where constant knowledge can be gained through appropriate networking and deliberation,” said Mr. Thirawit Leetavorn, Senior Executive Vice President of Double A.
However, this innovative and successful agroforestry initiative has remained outside the scope of forest certification, as there is currently no suitable framework available. Double A is therefore working with PEFC towards the development of such a framework which would include ToF based agroforestry, enabling the smallholders to access the market of certified wood.
Double A is a front line supporter of the on-going Thailand Sustainable Forestry Standard development by TISI (Thailand Industrial standard Institute). It has also provided significant support to the Thailand Forestry Certification Council (TFCC) since its creation.
The Thai national forest certification system is expected to be submitted to PEFC for endorsement by mid-2017. Double A, as a partner organization, has pledged to run pilot programs for the standard and has committed all resources in its hand for implementation of the standard. (Source: press release)