PEFC International is recruiting a new CEO/General Secretary

Following the departure of Ben Gunneberg from the leadership, PEFC is looking for his successor.

The CEO/Secretary General of PEFC will have the overall mission to support the development of PEFC certification and to strengthen the awareness of the brand.

His responsibilities will include:

  • Lead PEFC with purpose and focus on strategy, innovation, partnerships, and culture.
  • Support the growth of forest certification standards and other initiatives that advance PEFC's vision and mission.
  • Deliver sustainable profitable growth as well as identify and develop opportunities for additional funding sources.
  • Strengthen brand awareness and the overall brand footprint while promoting the understanding for sustainable forest management and the contribution of forests and forestry to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Engage effectively with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, alongside developing and maintaining trusting relationships.
  • Assume bottom-line responsibility.
  • Demonstrate and maintain strong relationships and customer focus with members and partners.
  • Maintain awareness of sustainable forest management principles and the value chain at global and regional levels building on the PEFC values.
  • Identify emerging issues and opportunities and develop management strategies.
  • Create ongoing, progressive training and development pathways for various stakeholder groups.
  • Lead staff/secretariat and members inclusively developing shared targets, while using resources wisely.

Applications (in English) should be sent by March 31, 2022 to


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PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests. PEFC is an umbrella organization. It works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.