In a press release on the 4th of March, PEFC informs about an extraordinary meeting by the PEFC International Board where it was decided that timber from Russia and Belarus is considered “conflict timber”.

PEFC banns timber from Russia and Belarus

“All timber from Russia and Belarus is ‘conflict timber’ and therefore cannot be used in PEFC-certified products”, the Board of PEFC International clarified.

The categorization of timber from Russia and Belarus follows the adoption of the Resolution on Aggression against Ukraine by the United Nations General Assembly.

Read the press release from PEFC here.

PEFC banns timber from Russia and Belarus


On the 8th of March, also FSC informed that “The FSC Board of Directors has agreed to suspend all traditional certificates in Russia and Belarus and block all controlled wood sourcing from the two countries.”

Read the FSC press release here.

In the meantime, other commercial giants like McDonald’s, Coke, Pepsi, Apple, Microsoft, and Starbucks have announced that they pause their businesses in Russia. Other companies that have made similar decisions are Volvo and IKEA. As for the forest machine business, we have already mentioned Kesla, John Deere, Komatsu, and Ponsse in previous articles. To that list, we can now ad Tigercat.

The list will most likely be longer.