SFI Opens Second Comment Period on Proposed 2015-2019 Requirements

January 7th, 2014 by DWM Magazine

As part of a second comment period, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) invited nearly 10,000 stakeholders to submit comments for the proposed SFI 2015-2019 Standard. This working draft is the result of input from comments submitted during the first 60-day public comment period which ran from June 5 – August 6, 2013. The draft new standard includes new performance measures to conserve biodiversity in fiber sourcing; limit conversion of one forest type to another; bolster awareness and respect for indigenous peoples’ rights; and expand the definition of “controversial sources,” which are not allowed in SFI-labeled products.

Under the direction of the SFI Resources Committee and utilizing comments from the first public comment period, the SFI 2015-2019 Standard Revision Task Groups developed this working draft. Stakeholders can submit comments online for this working draft of the SFI 2015-2019 standard and participate in person at one of the nine public Standards Review workshops across the U.S. and Canada.  A facilitated webinar workshop is also offered to accommodate those stakeholders that cannot attend a regional workshop.

The process of revising the SFI Program is overseen by the SFI Board of Directors and the SFI Resources Committee, both with equal representation from the environmental, social and economic sectors. A final draft of the SFI 2015-2019 Standard will be presented to the SFI Board of Directors for their approval in the fall of 2014, and will come into effect January 1, 2015.

To view a summary of the major enhancements and the draft sections to the Draft SFI 2015-2019 Requirements; find information on the public workshops and to submit comments on the Draft SFI 2015-2019 Standard, go to http://www.sfiprogram.org/comment-on-standard/.

To comment on the public review of the SFI 2015-2019 requirements, click the following link: http://www.keysurvey.com/f/572785/69faae9bd482e5de/. This is the second 60-day public comment period and will end March 6, 2014, at midnight PDT. Please note the identity of individuals or organizations submitting comments will be kept confidential.

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