What is the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®) Program?
SFI is an independent third-party forest certification program that works with environmental, social, and industry partners to promote sustainable forest management in the United States and Canada and responsible fibre sourcing globally.
The SFI forest standard is based on principles and measures that promote sustainable forest management and consider all forest values. At the start of 2010, more than 180 million acres / 73 million hectares were certified, making it the largest single forest standard in the world.
To demonstrate compliance with SFI or other standards, companies hire independent auditors, who verify that the companies’ forest practices and enviromental management meet the requirements of the certification system. The audit verification is an ongoing process that ensures continuing compliance with the sustainable forest management standards. For more information about the SFI standard go to www.sfiprogram.org
SFI Program Participants support the following principles:
- To practice sustainable forestry
- To use and promote responsible practices
- To reforest and maintain the productive capacity of the forest landbase
- To maintain and improve long-term forest health and productivity
- To protect and maintain long-term forest and soil productivity
- To protect water resources
- To manage special sites in a manner that takes into account their unique
qualities and to promote biological diversity
- To comply with applicable forestry law
- To continually improve the practice of forest management