Terms of Use

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) provides the materials on its website (“Website”) for general informational, educational, and environmental awareness purposes (“Services”). Please carefully read these Terms and Conditions that apply to your access and to the use of the Website. By accessing or using the Website, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.  If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, please discontinue access and use of the Website. We reserve the right to revise these Terms and Conditions or any portion of them at any time and in any way without notice by updating this posting.  Your use of this Website is subject to any such revisions and you should periodically visit this page to review the current Terms and Conditions that apply to your use of this Website.

Authorized Use

You are responsible for your use of the Website and Service, for any content you post to the Website or Service, and for any consequences thereof.  The content you submit, post, or display may be able to be viewed by other users of the Website or Service and through third party services and websites. You should only provide content that you are comfortable sharing with others under these Terms and Conditions.

By using SFI’s website, services, and tools, you agree that you will not:

  • post content or material in an inappropriate category or area on SFI’s Website or Service;
  • violate any laws, third party rights or SFI’s policies;
  • use SFI’s Website or Serviceif you are temporarily or indefinitely suspended from using the Website or Service;
  • use SFI’s Website or Service if you are under the age of 18, unless you have the consent of your parent or guardian;
  • post false, inaccurate, misleading, defamatory, or libelous content (including personal information);
  • transfer your SFI account, user ID, or password to another party without SFI’s consent;
  • distribute or post spam, unsolicited, or bulk electronic communications, chain letters, or pyramid schemes;
  • distribute viruses or any other technologies that may harm SFI, or the interests or property of SFI users;
  • copy, modify or distribute rights or content from the SFI Website or Service or SFI’s copyrights and trademarks; or
  • harvest or otherwise collect information about users, including email addresses, without their consent.

 

License and Site Access 

SFI grants you a limited license to access and make personal use of the Website and Service, and not to download (other than page caching) or modify it, or any portion of it, except with express written consent of SFI. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of the Website or Service or its contents; any collection and use of any product listings, descriptions, or prices; any derivative use of the Website or Service or its contents; any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of another merchant; or any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools. The Website and Service, and any portion of the Website or Service, may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express written consent of SFI. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of SFI without express written consent. You may not use any meta tags or any other "hidden text" utilizing SFI’s name or trademarks without the express written consent of SFI. Any unauthorized use terminates the permission or license granted by SFI. You are granted a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to the home page of SFI so long as the link does not portray SFI, or its products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter. You may not use any SFI logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of the link without express written permission.

 

Your Account

If you use the Website or Service, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. SFI does sell products for children. If you are under 18, you may use SFI only with involvement of a parent or guardian. SFI reserves the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel orders in their sole discretion.

 

Reviews, Comments, Communications, and Other Content

Visitors may post reviews, comments, and other content; and submit suggestions, ideas, comments, questions, or other information, so long as the content is not illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable and does not consist of or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of "spam." You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead. SFI reserves the right (but not the obligation) to remove or edit such content, but does not regularly review posted content.

If you do post content or submit material, and unless SFI indicates otherwise, you grant SFI a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. You grant SFI and sublicensees the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content, if they choose. You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you post; that the content is accurate; that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify SFI for all claims resulting from content you supply. SFI has the right but not the obligation to monitor and edit or remove any activity or content. SFI takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content posted by you or any third party.

 

Electronic Communications

When you visit SFI or send e-mails to SFI, you are communicating with SFI electronically. You consent to receive communications from SFI electronically. SFI will communicate with you by e-mail or by posting notices on this site. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that SFI provides to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.

 

Copyright

Except as otherwise specified, all content included on this site, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the property of SFI or its content suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws. The compilation of all content on this site is the exclusive property of SFI and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All software used on this site is the property of SFI or its software suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws.

 

Copyright Complaints

SFI respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects users of the Website and Services to do the same. SFI will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us. If you believe that your content has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with the following information: (i) a physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on their behalf; (ii) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed; (iii) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material; (iv) your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and an email address; (v) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and (vi) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

SFI reserves the right to remove content alleged to be infringing without prior notice, at our sole discretion, and without liability to you. In appropriate circumstances, SFI will also terminate a user’s account if the user is determined to be a repeat infringer. SFI’s designated copyright agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement appearing on the Website or Service is:

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.
Attn: Monique Hanis
900 17th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC  20006
Email: monique.hanis@sfiprogram.org
Fax: 202-596-3451

 

Trademarks

SFI Inc. is the exclusive owner of the registered trademarks Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and SFI® (and others: Logo, “Good for you. Good for our forests.”) which can be used only under licence from SFI Inc. The SFI trademarks are highly valued symbols of the SFI Standard, and are carefully managed as marks of trust.

SFI graphics, logos, page headers, button icons, scripts, and service names are trademarks, or trade dress of SFI in the U.S. and/or other countries. SFI’s trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not SFI’s, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers or in any manner that disparages or discredits SFI. All other trademarks not owned by SFI that appear on this site are the property of their respective owners, who may or may not be affiliated with, connected to, or sponsored by SFI.

 

Other Businesses

SFI provides links to the sites of affiliated companies and certain other businesses. We are not responsible for examining or evaluating, and we do not warrant the offerings of, any of these businesses or individuals or the content of their websites. SFI does not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, product, and content of all these and any other third parties. You should carefully review their privacy statements and other conditions of use. The Website or Service may contain links, discussions and references to other websites, testing companies and/or products.  The inclusion of these links does not imply an affiliation, sponsorship, endorsement or any relationship. 

 

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

The Website and Service contain information concerning SFI that may be useful to our program participants, employees and the general public. SFI makes no representations or warranties and assumes no responsibility or liability as to the accuracy, completeness, reliability or usefulness of any information contained on the Website or Service. Further, SFI expressly disclaims any obligation to update or correct information contained on the Website or Service, and explicitly disclaims any duty to do so. SFI assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of the Website or Service. SFI reserves the right to make additions, deletions or modifications to the information or materials on the Website or Service at any time and in any way without notice

THE WEBSITE, SERVICE, AND ALL INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) AND SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE ARE PROVIDED BY SFI ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. SFI MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE AND SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. SFI IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR INCORRECT INFORMATION POSTED TO THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE IN ANY ADVERTISEMENTS.

TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, SFI DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SFI DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE, INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE, THEIR SERVERS, OR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SENT FROM SFI ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. SFI WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE, OR FROM ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING.

SFI DOES NOT AND CANNOT GUARANTEE 100% UPTIME OF THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE. IF ANY TECHNICAL PROBLEMS OCCUR, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PROBLEMS AT OUR INTERNET HOSTING SITE, SFI IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES THAT MAY OCCUR, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHERWISE, AS A DIRECT OR INDIRECT USE OF THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE.  IN ADDITION, SHOULD FAILURE OCCUR, SFI WILL NOT ISSUE REFUNDS TO THOSE AFFECTED BY SUCH FAILURE.

 

Applicable Law

By visiting SFI, you agree that applicable federal law, and the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Terms and Conditions and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and SFI. Venue of any action arising out of or related to these Terms and Conditions or any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and SFI shall be proper in the appropriate District of Columbia. 

 

Waiver and Severability

The failure of SFI to enforce any right or provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not be deemed a waiver of such right or provision. In the event that any provision of these Terms and Conditions are held to be invalid or unenforceable, then that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary, and the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions will remain in full force and effect.

 

Entire Agreement

These Terms and Conditions are the entire and exclusive agreement between SFI and you regarding the Website and Services (excluding any services for which you have a separate agreement with SFI that is explicitly in addition or in place of these Terms and Conditions), and these Terms and Conditions supersede and replace any prior agreements between SFI and you regarding the Website or Services. Other than members of the group of companies of which SFI is the parent or affiliate, no other person or company will be third party beneficiaries to the Terms and Conditions.

Last Updated:  June 1, 2013