The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes is celebrating another significant achievement with the news that all of leading business to business publisher Excel Publishing's products will now carry the PEFC logo as an assurance of responsible paper procurement.
The Excel Publishing company produces a wide ranging portfolio of professional products for the business community, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Excel products include some 47 magazine titles, including many of the UK's major blue-chip and professional organisations with titles such as EN, Fleet Times, Public Sector Construction, Local Government Executive and Builder & Engineer.
Excel Publishing also produces a number of contract publishing Directories and Yearbooks, for clients such as RIBA, the Institute of Energy and the Sports Industries Federation Directory, and these publications will also carry the PEFC logo.
Commenting on the award, Excel Publishing, said "As a leading UK B2B publisher, Excel Publishing is proud to demonstrate its support for responsible paper procurement and sustainable forest management by using the PEFC logo on our publications to provide our readers with assurances that the source material for our titles can be traced back to forests certified to a credible certification standard such as PEFC's."
"We are delighted that a leading international publisher such as Excel has chosen to produce its titles on PEFC certified paper stocks. This is a clear indication that there is growing recognition of the PEFC brand within the print, paper and publishing sectors, both in the UK and internationally," said PEFC UK's Communications Director, Hilary Khawam.
With the majority of the UK's leading paper merchants now able to offer a range of PEFC certified papers, it is no wonder that now almost 500 printers have been awarded PEFC chain of custody certification. PEFC recently re-launched its UK website and it now includes a database of certified printers and the range of service they offer – www.pefc.co.uk. This has proved to be very popular with visitors to the site demonstrating increasing print buyer interest in providing assurances to their customers of sustainable sourcing.
As a result, more and more publishers and brand owners are now opting to use the PEFC logo on their publications as an assurance of responsible paper sourcing.
Demand for the PEFC logo continues to grow, and this year alone has seen the PEFC becoming ever more visible, as trusted household names such as Argos, Boden, British Airways, First Choice, Matalan, National Westminster, John Lewis, Debenhams, Tesco, Asda, Nectar, Airmiles, Lakeland and most recently The Economist and The Big Issue have both used the PEFC logo on their customer-facing publications.