STANDARD REVISION PROCESS
ABOUT THE PROCESS
SFI revises and updates the SFI Standards to incorporate the latest scientific information, respond to emerging issues and other initiatives. This open and transparent process includes engaging with the conservation community, Indigenous communities, forest products industry, brand owners, private forest landowners and public forest managers, government agencies, trade associations, landowner associations, academia and others.
Draft SFI standards will be publicly available throughout the revision processon the SFI website. The current SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules are extended through December 2021.
LAUNCH STANDARD REVISION
Call for SFI Standard Revision Task Group Nominees – September 3-30, 2019. Kick-off standard revision workshop at SFI Annual Conference – October 23, 2019. First public comment period (30 days) October 23 – November 22, 2019.
Regional standard revision workshops May – June, 2020. Second public comment period (60 day) on first revised standards draft – May-June 2020. Task Groups, SFI Resources Committee and Board work on draft SFI Standards – all year.
Final approval of the revised SFI Standards and shared with SFI Community. SFI submits application for PEFC endorsement.
PEFC General Assembly approval of new revised SFI Standards.
LAUNCH NEW SFI STANDARDS
New SFI Standards are launched in January 2022.
SFI’s mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. As part of the collaborative process, SFI invites everyone to participate in the SFI Standard Revision process.
SFI Standard Revision Workshops across the US and Canada allow attendees to discuss key topics and issues related to SFI Standards.
The Standard revision process ensures credibility and transparency allowing everyone to participate. Broad involvement from the conservation community, Indigenous communities, forest products industry, brand owners, private forest landowners and public forest managers, government agencies, trade associations, landowner associations, academia and others is integral to the development of the next SFI Standards. The online public comment period is part of this process.
SFI PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS
There are two public comment periods. The first comment period on the existing SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules runs for 30 days and launches October 23, 2019 and concludes November 22, 2019. The second comment period on the first draft of the revised standards runs for 60 days through May and June 2020.
All sections of the SFI Standard are available for comment in the public survey.
The SFI Standard Revision Task Groups will consider all feedback from the public comment periods and the SFI Standard Revision Workshops.
About the SFI Task Groups
The SFI Resources Committee is required to consider all feedback from the public comment periods and workshops.
About the SFI Resources Committee
All comments are also reviewed by the SFI External Review Panel who assesses how all comments have been addressed.
About the ERP
SFI Standard Revision Task Groups review all comments and develop the draft standards. The Task Groups are
established for the duration of the standard revision until completion in 2021. There are three Task Groups:
Forest Management (Section 2)
Fiber Sourcing (Section 3)
Chain of Custody & Labels (Sections 4 & 5)
The SFI standard revision process is based on balanced representation from many different interest groups. This
inclusion is also reflected in Task Group composition reflecting a diversity of interest groups as well as a balanced
representation of expertise, gender and geographical location. Examples of interest groups part of the standard
revision process include:
Manufacturer/processor/trader of forest-based products
Customers & consumers
Scientific and technological community
Workers & trade unions
TASK GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES
Task Group members are expected to participate in the following tasks, under the direction of the respective Task Group Chairs:
Review submitted comments from public comment
periods and Standard Revision Workshops that
correspond to each task group’s focus area.
Prepare revised Standards text (first and subsequent
drafts) for review by the SFI Resources Committee,
incorporating their feedback as required.
All documents part of the SFI Standard Revision are available below: