Fiber Sourcing Requirements

SFI fiber sourcing certification addresses 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. To meet the fiber sourcing requirements, primary producers must be third party audited and certified to the SFI Requirements: Section 2 – SFI 2010-2014 Standard (Objectives 8-20).

All forest landowners play a critical role in ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of forests. In North America, this includes millions of family-owned forests. SFI stands apart from other forest certification programs by supporting and promoting responsible forest management on both certified and uncertified lands in North America through its fiber sourcing requirements.

Program participants who source fiber from uncertified lands in North America must offer outreach and logger training. This means working with landowners to identify and protect habitat for threatened and endangered species, to foster prompt reforestation, and to use best management practices to protect water quality, as well as other requirements set out in the SFI fiber sourcing objectives 8-20.

For SFI-certified program participants, these requirements are audited by a third-party accredited certification body, which samples for evidence of logger training, landowner outreach, reforestation, conformance with applicable laws and use of best management practices on uncertified lands. The SFI program also collaborates with the American Tree Farm System to increase forest certification on family forest lands.

When SFI program participants source fiber from jurisdictions outside of North America that may lack effective laws, they must complete a risk assessment to avoid illegal sources of supply, and they must promote the conservation of biodiversity hotspots and high-biodiversity wilderness areas.