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FAQ: SFI 2015-2019 Chain of Custody Standard Enhancements

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What changes have been made with the SFI CoC labels and communication of certified content?
The marketplace is increasingly concerned with transparency of the on-product labels used on certified wood based products and as such, transparency of labelling has always been a core requirement of the SFI on-product labels. SFI Inc. has introduced an expanded definition of “certified content” as well as a 70% certified content threshold for use of the SFI label.

Furthermore, the SFI program is the only forest certification standard with a centralized label use office to approve, track, and store all label use approvals and claims. Not unique to SFI, but still a major component of the SFI label, is the label ID number. This ID number is unique to each organization who applies for use of the SFI label, which gives an added layer of transparency to the claim.

Average Percentage Method Labels and Thresholds

SFI has a new 70% certified content threshold for average percentage based claims or use of the SFI label.

If an organization wishes to use the SFI chain of custody label or make a chain of custody claim on 100% of an organization’s product, the content must be at least 70% composed of certified forest content and/or recycled material. If recycled content is not used, then the label must state, “Promoting Sustainable Forestry.” If an organization does not meet that 70% threshold, it must transparently disclose the actual percentage of certified forest content or recycled material on the product label. The following two labels may be used by any chain-of-custody certificate holder that drops below the 70% threshold and uses the average percentage chain-of-custody method.

Certified Chain of Custody Promoting Sustainable Forestry    Certified Chain of Custody Promoting Sustainable Forestry and Recycled Content

Volume Credit Method Labels and Thresholds

For volume credit based claims and labels, an organization can only make claims or use the SFI label on the amount of certified input (certified forest content and/or recycled content) they have. So if the input of certified content is 30%, the organization can only make claims or use the SFI label on 30% of the output. This is consistent with all global chain of custody standards.

The following two labels may be used by any chain-of custody certificate holder that uses the volume credit chain-of-custody method. If the chain-of-custody certificate holder uses recycled content, then the label must state “Promoting Sustainable Forestry and Recycled Content.” However, if recycled content is not used, then the label must state, “Promoting Sustainable Forestry.”

Certified Chain of Custody Promoting Sustainable Forestry    Certified Chain of Custody Promoting Sustainable Forestry and Recycled Content


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How does the SFI 2015-2019 CoC Standard define certified content?
Certified Content is the definition of what inputs can be used to meet the thresholds for label use. Certified content includes certified forest content (fiber from a SFI, ATFS or CSA certified forest) or recycled content. Furthermore, pre-consumer recycled content is now included under the SFI definition of certified content. This change also aligns the SFI definition with that of the PEFC Chain of Custody Standard.
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