Our certifications are a guarantee for our reliable and safe products as well as confirmation of our sustainable way of working. Lechner voluntarily undergoes strict audits on a regular basis, which confirm that our products meet the highest standards of usability and shed light on our sustainable approach to resource management. In addition to meeting strict certification standards, we are particularly pleased to have received numerous awards for our outstanding commitment in this area.
As a wood processing company, ensuring the responsible use of forests is close to our hearts. The certification of our product chain, the so-called "Chain of Custody" provides assurance for our customers that our products are sourced from sustainable forestry. The CoC is an information chain that fully documents the journey of wood products from the forest to the end user with corresponding evidence.
In this way, we demonstrate transparency with regard to the legal and sustainable origin of our wood products, like solid wood and laminate, and at the same time support the domestic wood industry. Two widely recognised international certification systems of uniform standards for forestry management facilitate the identification of wood products from sustainably managed forests and provide reliable quality seals for forestry operations and products.
As a transparent and independent system designed to guarantee sustainable forest management, PEFC functions as a global "Wood-TÜV" [Technical Inspection Association]. PEFC is the abbreviation for the English term "Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes".
The PEFC quality seal guarantees sustainable, careful and responsible forest management – to ensure that forests are preserved for future generations as the basis for life, work and recreation. Its goal is to continually improve forest management, to preserve the forest and to safeguard its positive effects on the environment.
PEFC provides complete, authoritative evidence of a sustainable management framework on which every consumer can rely. In particular, PEFC plays a leading role in terms of social standards. PEFC is the first system which has not only integrated social criteria into wood certification but also into the Chain of Custody product certification.
To promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically viable forestry management – this is the worldwide mission of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). This independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation was founded in 1993 as a result of the "Environment and Development" conference in Rio de Janeiro. Today, the FSC® is represented by national working groups in over 80 countries.
By purchasing FSC®-certified products, you are helping to ensure responsible use of global forest resources. The FSC® achieves this on the one hand by defining and auditing environmental and social standards in forest management, and on the other by classifying recycled materials that can be used in FSC®-certified products.
Products bearing the FSC® label thus stand for the use of forests in accordance with social, economic and ecological needs, and for responsible use of recycled materials – for the benefit of current and future generations alike.
Globalisation has led to an ever-increasing global trade in goods, whereby the packaging relies heavily on wood as an inexpensive and renewable raw material. However, being a natural resource, wood may contain parasites which could cause considerable damage in other countries.
In order to reduce the risk of spreading harmful organisms via wood packaging materials in international trade, our wood packaging is certified for export in accordance with the IPPC standard (International Plant Protection Convention).
Since December 2013, the energy management system used by D. Lechner GmbH has been ISO 50001-certified. At Lechner, we have thus pledged to continuously improve our energy-related activities. Furthermore, this standard defines our internal environment and energy policy – our energy streams have been made transparent to facilitate the systematic improvement of our energy use, consumption and efficiency.