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Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. 

Achieving the SDGs is highly ambitious, and no organization, institution, government or business can achieve it alone. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is committed to doing its part, in the spirit of partnership, to make sustainable choices that benefit future forests because forests affect us all. SFI believes caring for forests improves everyone’s quality of life.

No Poverty
Well-managed forests provide economic benefits including jobs and products that improve the lives of millions of people. Forestry-related jobs are often in underserved and rural communities, where poverty and joblessness can be of particular concern.
Zero Hunger
Through its Project Learning Tree’s GreenSchools program, SFI is helping students improve nutrition as they plant school gardens and learn how to grow and harvest their own food, which is used in school cafeterias and donated to community groups.
Good Health and Well-being
Connecting people to nature is critical to keeping them healthy and 98% of the 115m hectares (285m acres) of SFI-certified land is available for outdoor recreation. SFI forests help clean the air we breathe and purify the water we drink.
Quality Education
Project Learning Tree, a program of SFI, is an award-winning environmental education program that increases youth understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it. Learn more and support PLT.
Gender Equality
SFI is a leader in encouraging women in the forest sector, mentoring young women and students, and a founding member of the Women for Nature initiative.
Clean Water and Sanitation
More than half the drinking water in the US, and nearly two-thirds in Canada come from forests. SFI standards mandate best management practices relating to water quality.
Affordable and Clean Energy
Through certification, SFI helps ensure that renewable energy products sourced from North American forests are managed responsibly. Agricultural & forest biomass are the largest available source of renewable energy, now and in the future, across both developed and developing countries. 
Decent Work and Economic Growth
SFI supports education and green jobs in the sector through youth engagement and training of resource professionals. The sector provides 2.4m jobs throughout the supply chain in the US, and contributes $67b in revenue to the Canadian economy. SFI’s forest management standard also requires certified companies to respect the rights of workers and labor representatives in a manner that encompasses the intent of the International Labor Organization (ILO) core conventions.
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Building projects that innovate to include wood from well-managed forests store carbon. Leading green building rating systems recognize products certified to SFI.
Reduced Inequalities
SFI is part of the PEFC network, which promotes sustainable forest management globally. PEFC provides a consistent sustainability platform to deliver sustainability assurances.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Adequate housing is a priority for all. SFI is a participant and supporter of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Indigenous Housing Partnership.
In addition to procurement polices referencing forest certification schemes in sustainability reporting helps consumer goods companies provide information directly to consumers on their corporate sustainability initiatives and commitments. Certification is a key tool for sustainable natural resource management and use, including forests. When in place, forest certification schemes like SFI, provide independent verification of national, regional and global progress towards sustainable forest management.
Responsible Consumption and Production
SFI provides supply chain assurances to help producers and consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. The SFI Forest Partners Program includes Time Inc., the National Geographic Society, Macmillan Publishers, and Pearson, and aims to increase the source of certified forest products. By ensuring the sustainability of source materials, SFI’s supply chain assurances help consumers understand these products are renewable and contribute to environmental sustainability including through reducing waste and providing clean air and water.

 

About SFI: The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. As a solutions-oriented sustainability organization, SFI® works at the intersection of sustainable forestry, thriving communities and responsible procurement.

Climate Action
COP21 acknowledged the key role that resilient forests play in reducing climate change as healthy forests absorb immense amounts of carbon dioxide. SFI is engaged in research to identify the best practices in well-managed forests that increase carbon storage.
Life Below Water
SFI Program Participants on both coasts of North America manage forests to limit sedimentation and other detriments to marine life to help salmon and other marine populations recover.
Life On Land
Deforestation is a global concern however, well-managed forests are able to deliver important social, economic, and conservation values. SFI protects natural habitats and biodiversity so that forests can produce multiple benefits. SFI protects natural habitats and biodiversity so that forests can produce multiple benefits. The goal is about sustainable management and about halting loss. See Kathy Abusow’s TEDx talk, ‘The Power of Sustainable Forests’ for more about sustainable management and halting loss.
Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
SFI engages in collaborative approaches to responsible forest management. In addition, a multi-stakeholder board governs SFI.
Partnerships for the Goals
The SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program brings together diverse stakeholders for common goals around conservation elevation of well-managed forests and community engagement. Forest certification schemes, which are based around inclusive, multi-stakeholder processes and governance, are leading examples of sustainability partnerships.

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