MTCC receives the Certificate of Appreciation for being the National Governing Body with the second highest increase of chain of custody (CoC) certification during the 18th PEFC General Assembly (GA) held on 13 November 2013. The GA was the highlight of the inaugural PEFC Forest Certification Week held from 11 – 15 November 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.
The Certificate of Appreciation was presented by Mr. William Street, PEFC Chairman and Mr. Ben Gunneberg, PEFC Secretary General during the 18th PEFC GA. The highest increase of CoC certification was awarded to PEFC France while PEFC Spain recorded the third highest increase. At the same ceremony, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), PEFC France and PEFC Poland, were also awarded with Certificate of Appreciation for achieving the highest increase in certified forest areas, in descending order.
“This award is certainly an encouragement for MTCC to continue its effort to ensure more timber companies obtain CoC certification and to double its effort in encouraging more Forest Management Units (FMUs) to be certified under the MTCS”, said Yong Teng Koon, MTCC CEO. MTCC currently has 4.65 million hectares of PEFC-certified forest area and 262 PEFC-certified timber companies under the MTCS.