We use certified wood for our playground equipment

Richter Spielgeräte use FSC®/PEFC™ wood

Richter Spielgeräte GmbH use wood from certified wood suppliers in their production. The FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) certificate are a confirmation for every supplier that the wood we deliver has been produced under sustainable forest management, and is also further processed according to the same principles. Because we consider the natural resources and their sustainable usage to be very important, we take care when purchasing wood for our production that it has a clear proof of origin and the corresponding certification.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was set up in 1993 as a result of the Rio de Janeiro environmental summit.  The FSC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation that campaigns for environmentally compatible, socially acceptable and economically sustainable use of the world’s forests. The FSC guidelines define the ecological and social standards of the management of forests. Independent auditors check annually that every certified forest owner complies with these standards. Only afterwards can the wood be stamped with the FSC seal and marketed accordingly.

Additional checks are also carried out during further processing to ensure that FSC wood is not mixed and labelled improperly with conventional, non-certified woods. Only wood or paper end products with the respective certificate may be stamped with the FSC label.

In particular the following principles apply:

Environmentally-friendly use

  • Deforestations are strictly prohibited
  • Biocides are not used
  • Dead wood remains in the forest

Socially responsible working conditions

  • Personnel are employed all year round, as far as possible
  • Regular training and further training measures
  • Due diligence in the choice of service providers
  • Forest usage rights are recognised

Efficient management

  • Creation of high wood qualities
  • Regular forest inventories
  • Production of market-driven and, where possible, strong woods
  • Constant market supply

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Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC)

The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) is the world-wide largest independent organisation for securing and optimising sustainable forestry.

PEFC is based on the agreement made during the European Ministerial conferences for the protection of forests. The PEFC was initiated in 1999 by Scandinavian and Middle European forest owners and representatives of the forestry industry. Today the PEFC system is in use globally and has the support of environmental protection groups and social associations.

In Germany, PEFC certification is implemented at a regional level based on a regional forest report. All relevant information on the forests in each federal state is recorded, and monitoring is carried out every five years. In addition, an inspection is carried out annually on a random basis by participating forest holdings.

A chain of custody certification has also been developed for the PEFC system which monitors the course of the wood from the forest to the consumer. Only products containing a minimum of 70% PEFC certified wood parts may be labelled with the PEFC logo. The part which is not certified must not originate from controversial sources such as illegal logging.

Included among the most important PEFC systems guidelines (excerpt):

  • Mixed stocks from species appropriate to the location should be maintained or built up
  • Deforestations are strictly prohibited
  • An appropriate stock of dead wood is to be kept
  • The earth should be particularly protected when machines are used
  • The use of pesticides should be avoided (appraisals necessary)
  • Particular care should be taken of protected biotopes and protected areas as well as endangered animal and plant species

However, the PEFC system has often been criticised by independent environmental protection associations and organisations for the fact that it only has regional certification and monitoring is only carried out on a random basis. In addition it is considered that too much room is available for individual interpretation of the standards. Other certification, e.g. FSC or Naturland has found better acceptance.

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