SFI 2022 STANDARDS REVISION PROCESS

Draft SFI standards are publicly available throughout the revision process on the SFI website. The current SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules are extended through December 2021.

KEY MILESTONES

2019
LAUNCH STANDARDS REVISION

Call for SFI Standards Revision Task Group Nominees – September 3-30, 2019.  Kick-off standard revision workshop at SFI Annual Conference – October 23, 2019. First public comment period (30 days) October 23 – November 22, 2019.

2020
DRAFT STANDARDS

Regional standards revision workshops May – June, 2020. Second public comment period (60 day) on first revised standards draft – May-June 2020. Task Groups, SFI Resources Committee and Board work on draft SFI Standards – all year.

2021
FINALIZE STANDARDS

Final approval of the revised SFI Standards occurred on April 15, 2021 and will be shared with SFI Community. SFI submits application for PEFC endorsement.

PEFC General Assembly approval of new revised SFI Standards.

2022
LAUNCH NEW SFI STANDARDS

New SFI Standards are launched in January 2022.

CONTACT US

SFI 2015-2019 Standards
Gregor Macintosh

Tel: 778-351-3358
Rachel Dierolf
SFI Office of Label Use

Tel: 613-274-1024

    WORKSHOPS

    SFI’s mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. As part of the collaborative process, SFI invites everyone to participate in the SFI Standard Revision process.

    These May/June webinars were opportunities to comment on proposed revisions and enhancements to the SFI Standards and ran parallel to the second public comment period May 1 – June 30, 2020. All SFI Standards and Guidance Documents are available for comment. All comments and discussion during the webinars were considered by the Task Groups.

    These dedicated webinars focused on specific themes and requirements in the Standards. Webinar recordings are available at the links below:

    TASK GROUPS

    SFI Standards Revision Task Groups review all comments and develop the draft standards. The Task Groups are established for the duration of the standard revision until completion in 2021. There are three Task Groups:

    The SFI standards revision process is based on balanced representation from many different interest groups. This inclusion is also reflected in Task Group composition reflecting a diversity of interest groups as well as a balanced representation of expertise, gender and geographical location. Examples of interest groups part of the standard revision process include:

    Forest owner/manager

    Manufacturer/processor/trader of forest-based products

    Conservation organization

    Customers & consumers

    Scientific and technological community

    Logging professionals

    Workers & trade unions

    Indigenous Peoples

    Government

    Education/academic group

    Social-purpose organization

    TASK GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES

    Task Group members are expected to participate in the following tasks, under the direction of the respective Task Group Chairs:

    • Review submitted comments from public comment periods and Standard Revision Workshops that correspond to each task group’s focus area.
    • Prepare revised Standards text (first and subsequent drafts) for review by the SFI Resources Committee, incorporating their feedback as required.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS

    The Standards revision process ensures credibility and transparency allowing everyone to participate. Broad involvement from the conservation community, Indigenous communities, forest products industry, brand owners, private forest landowners and public forest managers, government agencies, trade associations, landowner associations, academia and others is integral to the development of the next SFI Standards. The online public comment period is part of this process.

    There are two public comment periods. The first comment period on the 2015-2019 Standards and Rules ran from October 23 – November 22, 2019. The second comment period on the revised SFI Standards runs for 60 days through May 1 – June 30, 2020. All SFI Standards and Guidance Documents are available for comment.

    The SFI Standard Revision Task Groups will consider all feedback from the public comment periods and the SFI Standard Revision Workshops.
    About the SFI Task Groups

    The SFI Resources Committee is required to consider all feedback from the public comment periods and workshops.
    About the SFI Resources Committee

    All comments are also reviewed by the SFI External Review Panel who assesses how all comments have been addressed.
    About the ERP

    The SFI Board of Directors considers and approves the SFI Standards.

    About the SFI Board