Submitted: Kathi Rowzie March 1, 2022
The SFI 2022 Standards and Rules are now in effect on more than 350 million acres/140 million hectares certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard, and tens of millions more certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. Announced on Earth Day 2021, the standards support SFI’s leadership in offering solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Of particular note:
SFI revises and updates the SFI standards to incorporate the latest scientific information, respond to emerging issues, and ensure continual improvement. The process to develop these standards included engagement with the conservation community, Indigenous communities, the forest products sector, brand owners, private forest landowners and public forest managers, government agencies, trade associations, landowner associations, academia, and the public.
SFI is governed by an 18-member Board of Director, which sets SFI’s strategic direction and represents the environmental, social and economic sectors. SFI Board members include executive-level representatives of conservation organizations, academic institutions, aboriginal/tribal entities, family forest owners, public officials, labor and the forest products industry. The SFI External Review Panel also provides ongoing, independent review of SFI and its work. This volunteer panel is made up of external experts representing conservation, environmental, forestry, Indigenous, academic, social, and government organizations. The panel helps monitor the SFI standard revision process and reviews every public comment submitted to ensure that the revision process is transparent and objective.