“ForestEthics continues to peddle pulp fiction about the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, repeating the same old inaccurate and misleading information. With several credible forest certification standards in the marketplace, there are many paths to the same goals. While we respect businesses making choices, the real damage from ForestEthics’ campaign is the uneven playing field that it creates for well-managed domestic forest practices and products. ForestEthics pushes organizations to buy FSC only, but the vast majority of FSC’s supply is offshore. Global trade in forest products is fine, but domestic products managed to high standards shouldn’t be shut out due to misinformation campaigns and pressure tactics. That can hurt our forest communities and cost jobs.”
SFI is strong and growing – more and more companies accept and recognize SFI and many have inclusive policies, recognizing all credible standards. SFI is the largest single forest certification standard in the world and last year, we experienced record growth in chain of custody certificates and locations and label use approvals.
We will stand up for SFI’s name, the integrity of our program, our audit requirements, and our board. We are proud of the SFI community’s commitment and progress in responsible forestry, our growth and recognition in the marketplace, our on-the ground-work in conservation, and our tangible work in communities across North America. ForestEthics’ malicious campaigns will not deter us from that focus.
For more information, see SFI’s “Setting the Record Straight” page.
Kathy Abusow, President & CEO