SFI 2022 STANDARDS AND RULES REVISION PROCESS

SFI’s mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. As part of the collaborative process, SFI invites everyone to participate in the SFI Standard Development and Revision process.

The SFI standards revision process ensures credibility and transparency allowing everyone to participate. Broad involvement from the conservation community, the forest products industry, brand owners, private forest landowners and public forest managers, government agencies, trade associations, landowner associations, academia, and others is integral to the development of the next SFI standards. The online public comment period is part of this process.

The SFI standards revision process follows international standard development guides and is based on principles of stakeholder engagement, balanced representation, consensus, continual improvement and transparency. The SFI standards revision process is an opportunity to update the SFI Standards and Rules with the topics that matter globally using SFI-certified organizations as a driving force to address these important issues through responsible, science-based forest management.

MAJOR ENHANCEMENTS IN THE SFI 2022 STANDARDS

The Major Enhancements document highlights updates to the SFI 2022 Standards.  These include a new climate-smart forestry objective, a new fire resilience and awareness objective, conservation efforts, recognizing and respecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights, logger training requirements in both the SFI Forest Management Standard and SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard, and a new due diligence system for the avoidance of controversial sources. Cliquez ici pour la version française.
SFI held a webinar on November 9, 2021 on the new SFI 2022 Standards and key enhancements. The webinar is available in English and French.

WORKSHOPS

SFI’s mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. As part of the collaborative process, SFI invites everyone to participate in the SFI Standard Revision process.

These May/June webinars were opportunities to comment on proposed revisions and enhancements to the SFI standards and ran parallel to the second public comment period May 1 – June 30, 2020. All SFI standards and guidance documents are available for comment. All comments and discussion during the webinars were considered by the Task Groups.

These dedicated webinars focused on specific themes and requirements in the Standards. Webinar recordings are available at the links below:

TASK GROUPS

SFI Standards Revision Task Groups review all comments and develop the draft standards. The Task Groups are established for the duration of the standard revision until completion in 2021. There are three Task Groups:

The SFI standards revision process is based on balanced representation from many different interest groups. This inclusion is also reflected in Task Group composition reflecting a diversity of interest groups as well as a balanced representation of expertise, gender and geographical location. Examples of interest groups part of the standard revision process include:

Forest owner/manager

Manufacturer/processor/trader of forest-based products

Conservation organization

Customers and consumers

Scientific and technological community

Logging professionals

Workers and trade unions

Indigenous Peoples

Government

Education/academic group

Social-purpose organization

TASK GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES

Task Group members are expected to participate in the following tasks, under the direction of the respective Task Group Chairs:

  • Review submitted comments from public comment periods and Standard Revision Workshops that correspond to each task group’s focus area.
  • Prepare revised Standards text (first and subsequent drafts) for review by the SFI Resources Committee, incorporating their feedback as required.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

The standards revision process ensures credibility and transparency allowing everyone to participate. Broad involvement from the conservation community, Indigenous communities, forest products industry, brand owners, private forest landowners and public forest managers, government agencies, trade associations, landowner associations, academia and others is integral to the development of the next SFI standards. The online public comment period is part of this process.

There are two public comment periods. The first comment period on the 2015-2019 Standards and Rules ran from October 23 – November 22, 2019. The second comment period on the revised SFI standards runs for 60 days through May 1 – June 30, 2020. All SFI standards and guidance documents are available for comment.

About the SFI Task Groups
The SFI Standard Revision Task Groups will consider all feedback from the public comment periods and the SFI Standard Revision Workshops.

About the SFI Resources Committee
The SFI Resources Committee is required to consider all feedback from the public comment periods and workshops.

About the ERP
All comments are also reviewed by the SFI External Review Panel (ERP) who assesses how all comments have been addressed.

About the SFI Board
The SFI Board of Directors considers and approves the SFI standards.

SFI Standard Revisions First Comment Period Disposition Summary
SFI Standard Revisions Second Comment Period Disposition Summary
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 New forest certification standards offer nature-based solutions to the climate crisis

FEATURED ARTICLE

NEW FOREST CERTIFICATION STANDARDS OFFERS NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) updated forest certification standards provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Sustainable forest management and the procurement of wood products from sustainably managed sources are critical tools that help avoid deforestation.