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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standards are the basis of the Sustainable Forestry (SFI) Program. The Standards present the principles and practices that produce sustainable forestry and the measures by which the public can monitor and evaluate the program.

The 2015-2019 SFI Standards (extended through December 2021) are available for download from the SFI Program website. These standards communicate the requirements for compliance with the program. SFI program participants apply this these standards on all lands they manage and actively promote such practices on other forestlands. This commitment to sustainable forestry stems from the participants' beliefs that forest landowners have a critical stewardship responsibility to current and future generations of Americans.  


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 U.S. South. A major change to the structure of the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules was to establish three stand-alone standards. No matter where you sit in the supply chain, SFI has a relevant standard to support responsible forestry. 

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.