WASHINGTON, DC and OTTAWA — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Fiber Sourcing Standard is now recognized by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as a tool that meets PEFC requirements for the avoidance of controversial sources in the PEFC Chain of Custody standard.

“PEFC is pleased to support initiatives of its members that are unique and innovative such as the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard, which provides an effective mechanism to demonstrate compliance with PEFC Chain of Custody requirements concerning controversial sources at a global level, while promoting the responsible procurement of wood fibre for SFI manufacturing facilities across the USA and Canada,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO and Secretary General of PEFC International, in a PEFC blog.

The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard also sets mandatory practice requirements for the responsible procurement of all fiber sourced directly from the forest, whether the forest is certified or not. The fiber sourcing requirements include measures to broaden the practice of biodiversity, use forestry best management practices (BMPs) to protect water quality, provide outreach to small family forest owners, and use trained harvesting professionals.

According to SFI, as a result of the implementation of the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard, more than 170,000 professional harvesters have been trained to ensure understanding of water quality, biodiversity, and other sustainable forest practice requirements.

“The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard is a pioneering approach that puts the responsibility on the manufacturing organization to address its entire supply chain by promoting legal and responsible sourcing,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of SFI Inc.

“The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard holds the individual mills and manufacturers, who bear all the costs to certify, accountable for promoting responsible forestry, and reduces the financial burden on the small family forest owner. Given that about 90% of the world’s forests are uncertified, there needs to be strong mechanisms to promote responsible procurement from these lands.”

The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard has not only been recognized by PEFC for avoiding controversial sources in the supply chain, but by many other global organizations as well.