SFI Standards promote sustainable forest management in North America and responsible procurement of forest products around the world.

The future of our forests depends on credible, transparent and auditable standards like SFI’s to ensure a sustainable resource for today and generations to come.


SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard promotes responsible forestry practices. Its requirements include measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value. The standard is for any organization in the United States or Canada that owns or manages forests.

Section 2, SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules

SFI Fiber Sourcing Certification goes beyond certified forests to address the 90 percent of the world’s forests that are not certified. Program Participants must show that the raw material in their supply chain comes from legal and responsible sources, whether the forests are certified or not. Primary producers are certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard (Section 3, SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules). Primary or secondary producers who want to use the certified sourcing label must be certified to Appendix 1 (Rules for Use of SFI Certified Sourcing Label).

SFI 2015-2019 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 using one of three optional approaches for chain of custody: physical separation, average percentage and volume credit method. Program Participants are certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard (Section 4, SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules).

SFI On-Product Labels are recognized globally and provide a visual cue to help customers source products from responsibly managed forests. SFI has a Certified Sourcing label and several Certified Chain-of-Custody labels. As well as the being certified to the relevant SFI requirements, companies must have approval from the Office of Label Use and Licensing. 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.

SFI program requirements for Forest Management, Fiber Sourcing and Chain-of-Custody certification are independently audited by competent and accredited certification bodies to ensure they conform.