An Overview of the Requirements for the SFI 2010-2014 Program
The Requirements for the SFI 2010-2014 Program address all of SFI’s standards, rules for label use, procedures, and guidance for the program.
The SFI 2010-2014 Standard promotes sustainable forest management through 14 core principles, 20 objectives, 38 performance measures and 115 indicators developed by professional foresters, conservationists, scientists and others. The standard addresses key environmental, social and economic forest values – from water quality and biodiversity to harvesting and regeneration.
The SFI Standard is reviewed through an open public process every five years, and is subject to continuous improvement so it can incorporate the latest scientific information and respond to emerging issues. The SFI 2010-2014 Standard is the result of an 18-month open review process, which included two public comment periods and seven regional workshops.
Chain-of-custody certification is a tool used to track wood fiber from a certified forest, providing a link between certified forestlands and certified products. Through SFI chain-of-custody certification, a company can accurately identify how much of the product comes from certified forest lands, certified sourcing and/or post consumer recycled content.
Through its fiber sourcing requirements, SFI Inc. supports responsible forest management on SFI-certified lands and on millions of additional acres that are not certified – both in North America and offshore.
Certification bodies performing third-party audits to SFI forest, chain-of-custody or fiber sourcing requirements must be independent, objective and qualified. Depending on the scope of the certification audit, they must have completed an accreditation program through an independent, international accreditation bodies.