A major change to the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules is the establishment of three stand-alone standards:
- The SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard promotes sustainable forestry practices based on 13 principles, 15 objectives, 37 performance measures and 101 indicators. These requirements include measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value.
- The SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard promotes responsible forestry practices based on 14 principles, 13 objectives, 21 performance measures and 55 indicators that address the 90 percent of the world’s forests that are not certified. These fiber-sourcing requirements include measures to broaden the conservation of biodiversity, use forestry best management practices to protect water quality, provide outreach to landowners and utilize the services of forest management and harvesting professionals. Because it directs how SFI Program Participants procure fiber from non-certified land, this standard encourages the use of responsible forestry practices.
- The SFI 2015-2019 Chain of Custody Standard tracks the percentage of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing and recycled content through production and manufacturing to the end product. Organizations can use physical separation, average percentage or volume credit methods to track and communicate their chain of custody claims. The SFI Chain of Custody standard is applied globally.
Forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard cover more than a quarter billion acres/100 million hectares, stretching from Canada’s boreal forest to the US South.
About 90 percent of companies see opportunities in shifting to sustainably sourcing key forest-risk commodities, according to a CDP report published in November 2014 that makes the business case for ridding supply chains of deforestation.