The percentage method allows manufacturers to label 100% of their product with the SFI Certified Chain-of-Custody label. If an organization wishes to use the SFI chain-of-custody label or make a chain-of-custody claim on 100% of an organization’s product, the content must be at least 70% composed of certified forest content and/or recycled material. If recycled content is not used, then the label must state, “Promoting Sustainable Forestry.” If an organization does not meet that 70% threshold, it must transparently disclose the actual percentage of certified forest content or recycled material on the product label.
Under the credit method, an organization can only make claims or use the SFI label on the amount of certified input (certified forest content and recycled content) they have. So if the input of certified content is 30%, the organization can only make claims or use the SFI label on 30% of the output. This is consistent with all global chain-of-custody standards.
Conformance with the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard is verified by an independent third-party certification audit. Whether it is paper, packaging or construction materials, a claim can be made regarding the certified content, similar to recycled content claims and labels seen on products.
The SFI 2022 Chain of Custody Standard has been assessed and recognized as a valid certification standard to make PEFC claims and apply to use the PEFC on-product logo. For more details, visit our Tools for PEFC Logo Users page.