The SFI Standard is periodically reviewed through an open and public process that incorporates the latest scientific information, responds to emerging issues and ensures continuous improvement of SFI program participants’ performance.
The SFI 2015-2019 Standard review process will be launched in June 2013, and will include two public comment periods – June 5 to August 6, 2013 and January 6 to March 6, 2014. Using communication vehicles such as the SFI website, press releases and “e-blasts” stakeholders will be kept up to date on the Standard development process. Stakeholders (individuals and organizations) can submit their comments for improvement of the current SFI 2010-2014 program requirements via an on-line survey tool on the SFI public website. Stakeholders are further encouraged to identify areas where guidance to the requirements of the SFI program will assist in their implementation. SFI Inc. will publicize the results of the standard development process as each phase concludes and comments received during the public comment periods will be posted once available on the SFI website.
|1st Public Comment Period||Jun 5 - Aug 6, 2013|
|2nd Public Comment Period||Jan 6 - Mar 6, 2014|
New for the 2015-2019 Standard review process will be the inclusion of a workshop during the September 2013 Annual Conference as well as a workshop to be conducted in the Washington, DC area in November 2013. The second comment period will be supplemented by eight regional workshops, which will allow stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft SFI 2015-2019 Standard. These workshops will be facilitated by the Keystone Center and will include SFI Inc. staff.
We will have two workshops in 2013:
Workshops for 2014: Click Here to Register
All workshops are scheduled for 8:00 AM – 2:00 pm local time, except where noted differently.
Registration Fee: $50.00 per workshop, includes all meeting materials, lunch and refreshments. (Note those unable to pay this fee should contact Amy Doty, 202.596.3458, as we do not want this fee to prohibit participation.)
- January 22, 2014 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
- January 23, 2014 - Edmonton, AB, Canada
- January 28, 2014 - Portland, Oregon
- February 4, 2014 - Charlotte, North Carolina
- February 5, 2014 - Memphis Tennessee
- February 25, 2014 - Montreal, QC, Canada - ENGLISH ONLY (8:00AM - 12:00PM local time)
- February 25, 2014 - Montreal, QC, Canada - FRENCH ONLY (1:00PM - 5:00PM local time)
- February 27, 2014 - Portland, Maine
- March 4, 2014 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The SFI Resources Committee, an 18 member body with equal representation from the environmental, social and economic sectors, has the primary responsibility for review and analysis of the public comments and development of the new SFI 2015 - 2019 program requirements. The Resource Committee will consider all feedback from the public comment periods and Workshops. At regular junctures during the Standard development process the draft requirements are reviewed by the SFI Board of Directors which, like the SFI Resources Committee, is an 18 member body with balanced representation from the environmental, social and economic sectors. Final approval of the SFI 2015-2019 Standard is the responsibility of the SFI Inc. Board of Directors.
Providing independent oversight of the SFI Standard Development process is the SFI External Review Panel. An independent panel drawn from academia, state and federal agencies and conservation organizations the External Review Panel ensures the development and revision of the SFI Standard embodies an open, fair and inclusive process that addresses the ideas and concepts forwarded through comments submitted. All comments submitted during the public review periods and Workshops are reviewed by the External Review Panel to assess how these comments have been addressed.
The final draft of the SFI 2015-2019 Program Requirements is reviewed and approved by the SFI Inc. Board of Directors with a launch date of January 1, 2015. SFI-certified companies will have up to one year after a new standard is approved to implement all the new requirements and must demonstrate conformance to the new requirements at their next surveillance audit following the implementation period.
Background on the SFI 2015-2019 Standard Revisions Process
SFI Inc. completes a review of its standard and supporting documents every five years consistent with international protocols for forest certification standard revision cycles.
The SFI program has made significant changes through its standard development processes and related public input since the implementation of its original principles and guidelines. The review leading to the SFI 2015-2019 Standard and supporting documents is the fourth such process.
Each SFI Standard Development process has led to improvements to the SFI forest management standard. For example the SFI 2010-2014 Standard included new provisions to address:
- improve conservation of biodiversity in North America and offshore
- address emerging issues such as climate change and bioenergy
- strengthen unique SFI certified sourcing requirements
- complement SFI activities aimed at avoiding controversial or illegal offshore fiber sources
- expand requirements for logger training and support for trained loggers and certified logger programs
- adoption of multi-site certification procedures
SFI has developed a process for the SFI program to address emerging issues and new opportunities through optional modules. Designed to address specific issues of benefit to the SFI program these optional modules may allow Program Participants to engage in new markets such as carbon or bioenergy or they may provide guidance on topics such as conservation easements.
SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program
Unique among forest certification systems in North America the SFI program has a Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program designed to foster partnerships between organizations interested in improving forest management in the United States and Canada, and responsible procurement globally. Projects address topics of current importance such as improving wildlife habitat management and conservation of biodiversity, avoiding controversial sources of fiber, and assisting local communities through forest education programs. Learnings from these research projects and program participant research findings can be assessed as potential improvements to the SFI Standard.
- Exigences et Normes du programme SFI 2010-2014
- SFI Requirements: Section 8 – SFI Standard Development and Interpretations Process