Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

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The SFI program has on-product labels to help customers and consumers identify exactly what they are buying: three SFI chain of custody labels and one SFI certified sourcing label.

  • SFI chain of custody labels allow the use of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing, and post-consumer recycled material. All of these terms are defined in the SFI Definitions (Section 13 of the SFI 2010-2014 Standard Requirements). Certified forest content can include fiber certified under the SFI 2010-2014 Standard (objectives for land management), Canadian Standards Association (CAN/CSA-Z809) and/or the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) individual and group certification.

  • The SFI certified sourcing label and claim do not make claims about certified forest content. Certified sourcing can include fiber sourced from a company that conforms with objectives 8-20 of Section 2 - SFI 2010-2014 Standard's fiber sourcing requirements, from pre or post consumer recycled content, or from a certified forest, and fiber sourced from non-controversial sources. Certified sourcing is a defined term in the SFI Definitions (Section 13 of the SFI 2010-2014 Standard Requirements).

A note on label usage: Organizations that want to use SFI program labels must contact the SFI Office of Label Use and Licensing, which must approve the use of all SFI labels and claims.

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Conformity with Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)'s standard is verified by an independent organization (third party) following ISO 17011 Accreditation, ISO 17021 Management system certification, ISO 19011 QMS and EMS auditing (and auditor qualifications), ISO / IEC Guide 65 Product Certification

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Last updated: 23 May 2014