SFI’s international recognition is increased by the endorsement of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
With more than 40 endorsed national certification systems and over 320 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system.

PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. As an umbrella organization, we work by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.

Each national forest certification system undergoes rigorous third-party assessment against our unique Sustainability Benchmarks to ensure consistency with international requirements.

The PEFC alliance provides reach and relevance of forest certification programs around the globe. SFI shares the PEFC alliance’s promotion of sustainable forest management and its recognition in the supply chain from the local to the global level. SFI is proud to be part of the PEFC alliance, an alliance that fosters and supports initiatives of members that are unique and innovative around the world.

PEFC Endorsement Timeline
  • SFI Chain of Custody Standard endorsed: 17 May 2022
  • Third re-endorsement: 16 December 2021
  • Small lands group certification module endorsed: 12 November 2019
  • Second re-endorsement: 12 August 2016
  • First re-endorsement: 3 November 2011
  • First endorsement: 6 December 2005
  • Joined PEFC: 19 June 2001

As a PEFC National Member, SFI is responsible for developing and running SFI Standards.

The endorsement of the SFI 2022 Chain of Custody Standard means it has been assessed and recognized as a valid certification standard to make PEFC claims and apply to use the PEFC on-product logo. Based on this endorsement, PEFC content claims can include SFI-certified product. For more details, visit our Tools for PEFC Logo Users page.

Visit PEFC International’s website.