SFI Reaches out to 10,000 Stakeholders to Revise its Forestry StandardJune 10th, 2013 by DWM Magazine
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.® (SFI) has launched the process of revising its current standard to develop the SFI 2015-2019 Standard, reaching out to more than 10,000 stakeholders for input. Currently 240 million acres (100 million hectares) are third-party certified to the SFI 2010-2014 Standard on public and private lands.
“The SFI Standard is developed through an open and inclusive process involving the many different people who know and care about our forests including public and private landowners, forest sector representatives, indigenous communities, conservation groups, industry, academia and government officials,” says Kathy Abusow, SFI president and CEO. “This same diverse group of stakeholders represents the users of the SFI Standard who have achieved third-party certification to the SFI Standard on 240 million acres of forestland.”
The standard development process includes two 60-day public comment periods which began June 5 and runs through August 6, 2013. During this period, respondents are encouraged to suggest improvements to the current SFI 2010-2014 Standard program requirements. The second public comment period begins in January 2014, to solicit comments on a working draft of proposed SFI 2015-2019 program requirements.
The final draft of the SFI 2015-2019 Program Requirements is reviewed and approved by the SFI Inc. Board of Directors with a launch date of January 1, 2015. SFI-certified companies will have up to one year after a new standard is approved to implement all the new requirements and must demonstrate conformance to the new requirements at their next surveillance audit following the implementation period.