New standards and rules can affect how sourcing for wood products are done.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative has launched the new Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2015-2019. A major change to the structure of the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules is the establishment of three stand-alone standards:
- 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.
- Fiber Sourcing Standard promotes responsible forestry practices based on 14 principles, 13 objectives, 21 performance measures and 55 indicators that address the 90% of the world’s forests that are not certified. These 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.
- 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.