What's New for 2015-2019

The SFI Standards are revised and updated every five years to incorporate the latest scientific information and to respond to emerging issues. As part of this process for the 2015-2019 Standards, comments were received during two 60-day public comment periods in 2013 and 2014, and input was received from 12 public workshops across the United States and Canada. About 10,000 stakeholders were invited to submit comments.

The SFI 2015-2019 Standards took effect on January 1, 2015. A major enhancement was the separation of the fiber sourcing requirements into their own auditable standard, the SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard. This new standard distinguishes SFI from all other forest certification programs in that it governs how SFI Program Participants procure fiber from non-certified forestland.

SFI now has three standalone standards – for 1) Forest Management, 2) Fiber Sourcing and 3) Chain-of-Custody. Now, at every point in the supply chain, SFI has a relevant standard to support responsible forestry.

The review process also resulted in a number of revisions that strengthen the standards. The new SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules build on SFIs work over the past 20 years through a strengthened commitment to sustainability. In addition to the protection of water resources and attention to sustainable growth, it includes new requirements supporting the diversity of forest types and the conservation of sites with significant species of concern. It also prohibits the conversion of forest types, except in justified circumstances, and limits the use of chemicals.

SFI works to ensure the health and future of our forests, because forests are a part of our everyday lives. The future of our forests depends on credible, transparent and auditable standards to ensure a sustainable resource for today and generations to come. The new SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules delivers on this promise by further enhancing the vital link that exists between healthy forests, responsible purchasing and sustainable communities.