STANDARDS REVISIONS PROCESS

ABOUT THE PROCESS

SFI revises and updates the SFI Standards to incorporate the latest scientific information, respond to emerging issues and other initiatives. This open and transparent process includes engaging with 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.

Draft SFI standards will be publicly available throughout the revision processon 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 and 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 are opportunities to comment on proposed revisions and enhancements to the SFI Standards. All SFI Standards and Guidance Documents are available for comment.

    The webinars align with the second public comment period May 1 – June 30, 2020. These dedicated webinars focus on specific themes and requirements in the Standards, as listed in the table below. All comments and discussion during the webinars will be included for Task Group consideration.

    Participants are eligible to earn Society of American Foresters Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits for each webinar (2-3 CFEs in Category 1) or a total of 19 credits/hours for the series. Canadian Institute of Forestry members can apply for each webinar to admin@cif-ifc.org.

    Download the SFI Standards Revision Process Documents. This document includes overview and process information supporting the webinars

    CONTACT US

    SFI 2015-2019 Standards
    Gregor Macintosh

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

    Tel: 613-274-1024

      TOPIC DATE SCOPE OF DISCUSSION
      Introduction of the New Draft Standards
      May 5, 2020

      1:00 – 3:00 EDT
      10:00 – 12:00 PDT

      SFI will present the major enhancements to the SFI Standards based on the first comment period. This webinar will serve as an informative webinar to introduce the series of themed webinars.

      Missed the webinar? Access the recording here.

      Logger Training and Education
      May 6, 2020

      1:00 – 3:00 EDT
      10:00 – 12:00 PDT

      Logger training and education is a critical requirement in the SFI Standard to ensure all wood is harvested in a responsible way. This webinar will focus on new enhancements to the logger training requirements as well as increased recognition of Certified Logging Companies.

      Missed the webinar? Access the recording here.

      French Translation – Introduction of the New Draft Standards
      May 15, 2020

      1:00 – 4:00 EDT
      10:00 – 1:00 PDT

      SFI will present this webinar in French with a focus on the major enhancements to the SFI Standards. There will be a question and answer portion for participants to ask questions or provide comments on recommendations.

      Missed the webinar? Access the recording here.

      Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
      May 21, 2020

      1:00 – 3:00 EDT
      10:00 – 12:00 PDT

      SFI identified the need to address climate change mitigation and adaptation in the SFI Standard through a new Objective. This webinar will focus on the new Objective, Performance Measures and Indicators.

      Missed the webinar? Access the recording here.

      Conservation of Biological Diversity
      May 26, 2020

      1:00 – 4:00 EDT
      10:00 – 1:00 PDT

      This webinar will focus on the enhancements to Objective 4 in the Forest Management Standard and Objective 1 in the Fiber Sourcing Standard related to the conservation of biological diversity. SFI will share enhancements related to forest conversion in the Forest Management Standard.

      Missed the webinar? Access the recording here.

      Chain of Custody, SFI Labels and Claims, and Controversial Sources
      May 28, 2020

      1:00 – 3:00 EDT
      10:00 – 12:00 PDT

      This webinar will focus on proposed enhancements to the SFI Chain of Custody Standard, labels and claims intended to provide greater clarity and consistency throughout the Standard. In addition, the webinar will review a proposed new definition for controversial sources.

      Missed the webinar? Access the recording here.

      Indigenous Perspective
      June 8, 2020

      1:00 – 4:00 EDT
      10:00 – 1:00 PDT

      This webinar will focus on receiving input on how SFI addresses Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the SFI Standard. Enhancements to the Standard were made to ensure meaningful relationship-building and rights recognition processes.

      Missed the webinar? Access the recording here.

      Urban Forestry
      June 9, 2020

      1:00 – 3:00 EDT
      10:00 – 12:00 PDT

      Urban and community forests are a significant resource in North America and are likely to continue to increase in significance based upon demographic, economic, and environmental trends. This webinar will explore the potential value of collaborating to develop a customized urban forest certification standard.

      Missed the webinar? Access the recording here.

      Recap webinar
      June 25, 2020

      1:00 – 3:00 EDT
      10:00 – 12:00 PDT)

      This webinar will recap all discussions and conversations from the previous webinars and allow anyone to comment on other parts of the SFI Standards revision that may not have been discussed.

      Missed the webinar? Access the recordings here.

      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:
      Forest Management (Section 2)
      Fiber Sourcing (Section 3)
      Chain of Custody & Labels (Sections 4 & 5)

      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.

      RESOURCES

      CONTACT US

      SFI 2015-2019 Standards
      Gregor Macintosh

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

      Tel: 613-274-1024

        KEY DOCUMENTS

        The SFI Standards revision process is part of SFI’s commitment to continual improvement. During this process, the standards have undergone two public comment periods, more than 30 task group and subgroup meetings and calls, multiple check points with the SFI Resources Committee and the SFI Board of Directors. SFI also presented 10 webinars over the summer on enhancements regarding specific topics such as climate change, logger training, forest conservation, and Indigenous Peoples’ rights and recognition.

        DRAFT SFI 2022 STANDARDS AND RULES
        Download the Draft SFI 2022 Standards and Rules in track changes.
        MAJOR ENHANCEMENTS DOCUMENT
        This Major Enhancements document highlights updates to the draft SFI 2022 developed by the Task Groups and the SFI Resources Committee using comments submitted in the second comment period. These include a new Climate Smart Forestry objective, conservation efforts, recognizing and respecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights, logger training requirements in both the SFI Forest Management Standard and SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard, and a new due diligence system for the avoidance of controversial sources.
        DOWNLOAD A SPECIFIC SFI STANDARD IN TRACK CHANGE

        CONTACT US

        SFI 2015-2019 Standards
        Gregor Macintosh

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

        Tel: 613-274-1024

          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.

          SFI PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS

          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

          About the SFI Board

          The Revised Standards in both track changes and clean versions are posted on the KEY DOCUMENTS page.

          SFI has also published a document highlighting major enhancements (coming soon) to the SFI Standards, available on the KEY DOCUMENTS page.

          The Revised Standards in both track changes and clean versions are posted on the KEY DOCUMENTS page.

          SFI has also published a document highlighting major enhancements (English/Frenchto the SFI Standards, available on the KEY DOCUMENTS page.

          CONTACT US

          SFI 2015-2019 Standards
          Gregor Macintosh

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

          Tel: 613-274-1024