WASHINGTON (January 12, 2010)
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative®
(SFI®) Inc. has released a new standard that reinforces
its important role in supporting and promoting sustainable forest
management as one of the world's leading third-party forest
Among other things, the new SFI 2010-2014 Standard, the result
of an extensive 18-month public review, includes revisions
- Improve conservation of biodiversity in North America and
offshore, and address emerging issues such as climate change and
- Strengthen unique SFI fiber sourcing requirements, which
broaden the practice of sustainable forestry in North America and
avoid unwanted offshore sources.
- Complement SFI activities aimed at avoiding controversial or
illegal offshore fiber sources, and embrace Lacey Act amendments to
prevent illegal logging.
- Expand requirements for logger training and support for trained
loggers and certified logger programs. Since 1995, more than
117,000 loggers have received training through SFI-supported
"The new standard was enriched by the views and
expertise of many people, and offers a solid foundation as we build
new partnerships and look for more ways to promote sustainable
forest practices," Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of non-profit
The review process included two public comment periods and seven
regional workshops, and was monitored by the External Review Panel,
an independent team of external experts who offer diverse
perspectives and expertise to the SFI program.
"The review was truly a model of open, transparent, and
responsible consideration of public input, scientific and economic
factors, and conflicting demands," said panel chair Michael
Goergen, executive vice-president of the Society of American
"The SFI program has grown and evolved over time, largely due to
its willingness to work with individuals and groups who share its
dedication to responsible forest management in North America."
The SFI 2010-2014 Standard supports a comprehensive, independent
certification program that works with environmental, social and
industry partners to promote responsible forest management in North
America and responsible fiber sourcing worldwide.
More than 180 million acres (73 million hectares) are certified
to the SFI forest management standard in North America - making it
the largest single standard in the world. SFI chain-of-custody
certification tells buyers the percentage of certified fiber in a
specific product. SFI fiber sourcing requirements promote
responsible forest management on all suppliers' lands.
The new standard, posted at www.sfiprogram.org/sustainable_forestry_initiative_standard.php,
took effect on Jan. 1, 2010, and program participants have up to
one year to implement these changes.