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Chain-of-Custody Standard

SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard is an accounting system that tracks forest fiber content (certified forest content, certified sourcing & recycled content) through production and manufacturing to the end product. Companies can use chain of custody certification to track and communicate forest fiber content using one of three optional approaches for chain of custody: physical separation, average percentage and the volume credit method. To be certified, companies must be audited to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard (Section 4, SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules).

Consumers in growing numbers want assurance that their buying decisions represent a sound environmental choice. They are asking for proof that wood, paper and packaging products are made with raw materials from certified forest content, certified sourcing or recycled content. SFI’s Chain-of-Custody Standard and associated labels deliver a reliable and credible mechanism so businesses can provide this assurance to customers.

All certification programs, including SFI, allow the following two methods to identify the percentage of certified fiber. Companies can also physically separate the certified forest content to make a 100% certified forest content claim.

Conformance with the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard is verified by an independent third-party certification audit. Whether it is paper, packaging or construction materials, a claim can be made regarding the certified content, similar to recycled content claims and labels seen on products. 

The SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard Fact Sheet


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