The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard is purposefully designed to influence millions of additional landowners through promotion, education, training, and outreach. For sources originating from within the United States and Canada, SFI Program Participants must comply with all applicable laws and also broaden the practice of responsible forestry. This is accomplished in multiple ways, including addressing the conservation of biodiversity for Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value in harvests of purchased stumpage, and utilizing the services of qualified logging professionals, certified logging professionals and resource professionals. SFI Program Participants must also invest in forestry research, science and technology, and develop verifiable monitoring systems to evaluate the use of best management practices across the wood and fiber supply area.
All these requirements are independently audited by a competent and accredited certification body. The SFI program also collaborates with the American Tree Farm System to increase forest certification on family forestlands.
When SFI Program Participants source fiber from jurisdictions outside North America that may lack effective laws, they must complete a risk assessment to avoid controversial sources and fiber from illegal logging, and they must promote the conservation of biodiversity hotspots and high-biodiversity wilderness areas. Despite the very low risk of illegal logging in the United States and Canada, the marketplace has increasingly wanted risk assessments across the entire supply chain. The SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Fiber Sourcing Standard now requires Program Participants to assess the risk of illegal logging regardless of the country or region of origin.