PEFC endorses Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s chain-of-custody standard

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has announced today that its 2022 chain-of-custody (CoC) standard has met the third-party assessment of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Organisations certified to SFI’s 2022 CoC standard can now apply the PEFC on-product label and make PEFC claims, giving them more options to meet customer demand around the world.

“SFI makes important contributions that address the needs of North America’s forests and communities and is a valuable national member working with PEFC to elevate the role of sustainable forestry,” said Michael Berger, acting secretary general of PEFC. “Only CoC certification standards that meet our rigorous criteria and that are developed in an open, transparent manner through a multi-stakeholder process are endorsed by PEFC.”

The SFI 2022 CoC Standard was endorsed by PEFC after a 60-day international public consultation period and a detailed examination that included a third-party assessment by an independent assessor. 

“We are extremely proud that PEFC International has endorsed our 2022 CoC Standard,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of SFI. “Thanks to this endorsement, customers across North America and around the world will be even more confident that products bearing the SFI CoC label come from well-managed, sustainable forests.” 

There are over 600 organisations certified to SFI’s CoC standard, and SFI-certified products are sold in more than 120 countries around the world.