SFI-certified organizations must comply with the comprehensive forestry laws that apply to them in the United States and Canada, and practice responsible forestry on their certified lands.
SFI is committed to improving the practice of forestry on all forestlands in North America, whether boreal forests or plantation forests, whether naturally regenerated or planted. Its philosophy is that healthy, productive forests yield immense environmental, social and economic benefits, and mitigate the impacts of climate change by absorbing and storing carbon in trees, soil and biomass.
The SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard includes a new objective to recognize and respect Indigenous Peoples’ rights. This objective reflects existing SFI forest management requirements regarding respect for Indigenous and Tribal rights and values on public lands, but now has enhanced provisions for private lands.
In the introduction to the SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Standards and Rules, SFI recognizes and adopts the principles outlined in the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. SFI-certified organizations are encouraged to communicate and collaborate with local Indigenous and Tribal groups in order to better understand their traditional practices with respect to forest management.