Therefore, we have developed a thematic certification option though which a city, community, or organization can achieve third-party certification to a subset of the objectives in the full Standard that represent a certain theme. The themes and objectives are described below. Third-party certification by a certification body that has been accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board or the Standards Council of Canada is still required.
The thematic certification is an important means of increasing accessibility and engagement with the urban and community forestry sector. By recognizing organizations that meet a subset of the Standard, we will be able to broaden the SFI Community and help achieve our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging goals, including Priority 9 in the SFI 2020-2024 strategic plan: “Grow meaningful relationships with Indigenous, Black, urban, and underrepresented communities to advance social, economic, and environmental opportunities.”
The four themes are: