Extended through December 2021

SFI Standards promote sustainable forest management in North America and responsible procurement of forest products around the world.

SFI revises and updates the SFI Standards every five years to incorporate the latest scientific information and to respond to emerging issues. For the first time ever, SFI’s current SFI standard revision process is outside the 5-year renewal timeline.  SFI has now aligned the standard revision process with the new revision process adopted by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest certification (PEFC). As such, the new timeline enables SFI to incorporate enhancements from PEFC’s benchmark standards into SFI requirements, as well as other initiatives under development.

SFI will launch the revised SFI Standards in January 2022.  Certified organizations have one year (December 2022) to transition to the revised standards. Draft SFI standards will be publicly available throughout the revision process.

The current SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules are extended through December 2021.

The future of our forests depends on credible, transparent and auditable standards like SFI’s to ensure a sustainable resource for today and generations to come.

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SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Forest Management Standard promotes responsible forestry practices. Its requirements include measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value. The standard is for any organization in the United States or Canada that owns or manages forests.

Section 2, SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Standards and Rules

SFI Fiber Sourcing Certification goes beyond certified forests to address the 90 percent of the world’s forests that are not certified. Program Participants must show that the raw material in their supply chain comes from legal and responsible sources, whether the forests are certified or not. Primary producers are certified to the SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Fiber Sourcing Standard (Section 3, SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Standards and Rules). Primary or secondary producers who want to use the certified sourcing label must be certified to Appendix 1 (Rules for Use of SFI Certified Sourcing Label).

SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Chain-of-Custody Standard is an accounting system that tracks forest fiber content (certified forest content, certified sourcing and recycled content) through production and manufacturing to the end product. 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 volume credit method. Program Participants are certified 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).

SFI On-Product Labels are recognized globally and provide a visual cue to help customers source products from responsibly managed forests. SFI has a Certified Sourcing label and several Certified Chain-of-Custody labels. As well as the being certified to the relevant SFI requirements, companies must have approval from the Office of Label Use and Licensing. Not unique to SFI, but still a major component of the SFI label, is the label ID number. This ID number is unique to each organization who applies for use of the SFI label, which gives an added layer of transparency to the claim.

SFI program requirements for Forest Management, Fiber Sourcing and Chain-of-Custody certification are independently audited by competent and accredited certification bodies to ensure they conform.