A Summary Comparison of SFI and FSC

As many of you have witnessed firsthand, companies, governments, organizations and environmental rating systems around the world increasingly look to forest certification as a key tool in their corporate social responsibility tool-box. And while just 10% of the world’s forests are certified to any standard, it is certainly understandable that questions will arise about the similarities and differences between various programs.

As you may know, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative&reg (SFI&reg) recently became the world’s largest single forest certification standard, and as our program continues rapid growth, we are often asked questions specifically about SFI and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC.) With the 18 month long development process for our 2010-2014 Standard complete, and our new standard launched, we’ve now compiled a comparison report to help answer those questions. You can download this 4 page report on our website – SFI and FSC Certification in North America: A Summary Comparison

In addition, you may wish to participate in our upcoming webinar on this report scheduled for February 4th from 1:00 – 2:00pm eastern. To save your space for this event, please register online.

If you have a question you’d like addressed in the live event, feel free to email the question to rachel.dierolf@sfiprogram.org and we’ll do what we can to answer them all live.

While the programs do have different origins – SFI having been developed for North American forests and FSC for tropical forests – they share common goals and together are an excellent foundation for any procurement policy or forest products guideline. We encourage everyone to review this summary comparison, share it with your colleagues, staff, and stakeholders.


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