Forest Certification Update: SFI

Lead Author: Kathryn Fernholz

Publish date: 04.27.2007


The Sustainable Forestry Initiative


In 2004 and 2005, Dovetail Partners released a series of reports outlining the major forest certification programs. Since that time significant change has occurred in certification programs nationally and globally and there is the need to report on the recent changes within each program.


This report summarizes changes to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), examines how these changes enhance the program, and offers insights as to future challenges to program success. In total, recent changes have made what was a national, trade association effort into an internationally recognized, independent certification program that includes a rigorous accreditation process and chain-of-custody accountability. This evolution has been rapid and comprehensive, and the full benefits and impacts still need time to develop.