Companies can use chain of custody certification to track and communicate forest fiber content using one of three optional approaches for chain of custody: physical separation, average percentage and the volume credit method. To be certified, companies must be audited to the SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Chain-of-Custody Standard (Section 4, SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Standards and Rules).
Consumers in growing numbers want assurance that their buying decisions represent a sound environmental choice. They are asking for proof that wood, paper and packaging products are made with raw materials from certified forest content, certified sourcing or recycled content. SFI’s Chain-of-Custody Standard and associated labels deliver a reliable and credible mechanism so businesses can provide this assurance to customers.
All certification programs, including SFI, allow the following two methods to identify the percentage of certified fiber. Companies can also physically separate the certified forest content to make a 100% certified forest content claim.