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.

KEY MILESTONES

2019
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.

2020
DRAFT STANDARDS

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.

2021
FINALIZE STANDARDS

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.

2022
LAUNCH NEW SFI STANDARDS

New SFI Standards are launched in January 2022.

CONTACT US

SFI 2015-2019 Standards
Gregor Macintosh

Tel: 778-351-3358
Rachel Dierolf
SFI Office of Label Use

Tel: 613-274-1024

WORKSHOPS

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.

SELECT DATES

Atlanta, GA - May 5, 2020 - Review workshop AMCharlotte, NC - May 6, 2020 - Review workshop AMOttawa, ON - May 12, 2020 - Emphasis on conservation & governmentQuebec City, QC - May 14, 2020 - French language workshopWashington, DC - May 20, 2020 - Emphasis on conservation & governmentPortland, ME - May 28, 2020 - Review workshop AMDuluth, MN - June 11, 2020 - Review workshop AMBoise, ID - June 16, 2020 - Review workshop AMVancouver, BC - June 24, 2020 - 2 workshops - Review, and Indigenous PerspectivesWEBINAR - June 23, 2020

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CONTACT US

SFI 2015-2019 Standards
Gregor Macintosh

Tel: 778-351-3358
Rachel Dierolf
SFI Office of Label Use

Tel: 613-274-1024

PUBLIC COMMENTS

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

About the SFI Board

SUBMIT COMMENTS

October 23-November 22, 2019

First SFI Standard Revision Public Comment Period on existing Standard elements

SUBMIT COMMENTS

FIRST COMMENT PERIOD RESULTS

Coming soon in 2020

SUBMIT COMMENTS

May-June 2020

Coming soon in 2020

Second SFI Standard Revision Public Comment Period on first draft of SFI revised Standard

SECOND COMMENT PERIOD RESULTS

Coming soon in 2020

CONTACT US

SFI 2015-2019 Standards
Gregor Macintosh

Tel: 778-351-3358
Rachel Dierolf
SFI Office of Label Use

Tel: 613-274-1024

TASK GROUPS

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:

Forest owner/manager
Manufacturer/processor/trader of forest-based products
Conservation organization
Customers & consumers
Scientific and technological community

Logging professionals
Workers & trade unions
Indigenous Peoples
Government
Education/academic group
Social-purpose organization

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.

RESOURCES

CONTACT US

SFI 2015-2019 Standards
Gregor Macintosh

Tel: 778-351-3358
Rachel Dierolf
SFI Office of Label Use

Tel: 613-274-1024

KEY DOCUMENTS

All documents part of the SFI Standard Revision are available below:

SFI FOREST MANAGEMENT
The SFI Forest Management Standard promotes sustainable forestry practices based on 13 Principles, 15 Objectives, 37 Performance Measures and 101 Indicators. These requirements include measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value.
Section 2, SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Standards and Rules
SFI FIBER SOURCING
The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard promotes responsible forestry practices through 14 Principles, 13 Objectives, 21 Performance Measures and 55 Indicators. These fiber-sourcing requirements include measures to broaden the practice of biodiversity, use best management practices to protect water quality, and use the services of forest management and harvesting professionals.
Section 3, SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Standards and Rules
SFI CHAIN OF CUSTODY
The SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard is an accounting system that tracks forest fiber content (certified forest content, certified sourcing and recycled content) through production and manufacturing to the end product. Companies can use chain-of-custody certification to track and communicate forest fiber content.
Section 4, SFI 2015-2019 (Extended through December 2021) Standards and Rules
SFI MODULES
In addition to the SFI Standards, SFI has developed Modules for use by Program Participants. These include:
SFI MODULE: SFI SMALL LANDS GROUP CERTIFICATION MODULE
(DEVELOPED JOINTLY WITH THE AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION)
SFI RULES FOR USE OF SFI-ON-PRODUCT LABELS AND OFF-PRODUCT MARKS
The SFI Program has three on-product labels: two Chain-of-Custody labels and one SFI Certified Sourcing label.
Section 5. SFI Rules for Use of SFI On-Product Labels and Off-Product Marks

CONTACT US

SFI 2015-2019 Standards
Gregor Macintosh

Tel: 778-351-3358
Rachel Dierolf
SFI Office of Label Use

Tel: 613-274-1024