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SFI® Forestry Certification Services

Forest Management and Fiber Sourcing Certifications
Norman Boatwright, Senior Technical Specialist, SFI®phone icon843.229.1851 Email

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) has a robust set of forest certification standards that enable forest managers in the United States and Canada to demonstrate sustainability while measuring quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, forest conservation value, forest fiber content, and forest product traceability. SCS Global Services is in the process of seeking accreditation for these SFI certification services.

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SCS offers SFI Forest Management certifications to all types and sizes of forest operations including private companies, government forestry agencies, timberland investment management organizations, and community forests, as well as individual and groups of small landowners.

Forest Management Standard for Single-site or Multi-site: A forest management entity with one or several sites operating under a single forest management plan. This standard includes measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value.

Fiber Sourcing Standard: For organizations that have a fiber sourcing program that acquires roundwood and field manufactured or primary-mill residual chips, pulp and veneer to support a forest products facility. Applies to organizations in the US and Canada that procure wood domestically or globally.

Chain of Custody Standard: For organizations to track forest fiber content through production and manufacturing to the end product, allowing them to communicate how much of their product comes from certified lands, certified fiber sourcing, recycled content and/or non-certified forest content.


Getting certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative helps organizations:

  • Gain global entry to markets for certified sustainable forest products because SFI certifications are compliant with the internally recognized Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Standard
  • Drive sustainable wood production in the United States
  • Ensure that proper procedures are in place for responsible forest management to make reputable claims
  • Minimize negative impacts and maximize positive impacts including social, economic, and environmental
  • Reduce risks and identify additional steps that can be taken to further reduce risk
  • Demonstrate commitment to sustainability to stakeholders
Complementary Services

Dual FSC Forest Management and SFI certification further amplifies your commitment to responsible forest management and demonstrates to your supply chain that they are purchasing certified wood, backed by the most stringent standards.

SCS offers both certifications as a bundled package, as well as providing certifications to FSC Chain of Custody, SFI Chain of Custody and PEFC Chain of Custody standards, and timber legalitycarbon footprint, and forest carbon offset verifications. Contact us to find out which certification best suits your organization.

  1. Apply for Certification

Representatives of your forest management operation fill out an application.

  1. Audit Proposal

SCS evaluates the application and prepares a proposal, including the costs and a timeline for the evaluation process. The applicant then authorizes a work order and the certification process begins.

  1. On-Site Audit – Stage 1

The assessment team conducts an on-site preliminary audit to review the applicant’s management system, processes, procedures, and stakeholder information to determine the readiness of the applicant for the stage 2 audit.

  1. On-Site Audit – Stage 2

The SCS team evaluates the implementation, including effectiveness, of the applicant’s management system. The SCS team assesses forest conditions and conducts stakeholder consultations to acquire outside input regarding the applicant’s management performance throughout the certification cycle. Upon completion of all audits, a report is produced that details the results of the evaluation.

  1. Certification Decision

The SCS certification committee reviews the assessment report and decides whether or not to approve certification. If granted, a certificate is issued for a three-year period, subject to annual surveillance audits.

For immediate service:

Norman Boatwright, Senior Technical Specialist, SFI® phone icon 843.229.1851 Email Norman