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SFI invites participation in SFI Standard Revision process

SFI’s mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. As part of the collaborative process, SFI invites all interested parties to participate in the SFI Standard Revision process.

The first draft of the new SFI Standards will be available for public comment on May 1, 2020. This will launch a 60-day public comment period that will be open through June 30th. This draft will include recommendations by the Standards Revision Task Groups, the SFI Resources Committee and the SFI Board of Directors based on comments SFI received during the first public comment period last year. You will receive a dedicated email about the launch of the public comment period on May 1st with the link to the online platform. Information will also be posted on our website.

SFI originally planned to conduct regional workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada, but due to COVID-19 we canceled those in-person workshops. In order to present the major enhancements, as well as provide opportunity to comment on the proposed revisions and enhancements, SFI will conduct nine webinars (see chart below) focused on specific themes and requirements in the Standards. Below is the complete schedule and scope for the webinars.

If you are unable to attend a webinar, you can still submit comments online and SFI will record all workshop webinars and make them available after the meetings.

SFI Standard Revision Process Webinars Schedule


Click on the title of a webinar below to link to the Zoom meeting.

INTRODUCTION OF NEW DRAFT STANDARDS
May 5, 2020: 1:00 – 3:00 EDT (10:00 – 12:00 PDT)
SFI will present the major enhancements to the SFI Standards based on the first comment period. This webinar will serve as an informative webinar to introduce the series of themed webinars.
LOGGER TRAINING AND EDUCATION
May 6, 2020: 1:00 – 3:00 EDT (10:00 – 12:00 PDT)
Logger training and education is a critical requirement in the SFI Standard to ensure all wood is harvested in a responsible way. This webinar will focus on new enhancements to the logger training requirements as well as increased recognition of Certified Logging Companies.
INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW DRAFT STANDARDS - FRENCH SESSION
May 15, 2020: 1:00 – 4:00 EDT (10:00 – 1:00 PDT)
SFI will present this webinar in French with a focus on the major enhancements to the SFI Standards.
CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION & ADAPTATION
May 21, 2020: 1:00 – 3:00 EDT (10:00 – 12:00 PDT)
SFI identified the need to address climate change mitigation and adaptation in the SFI Standard through a new Objective. This webinar will focus on the new Objective, Performance Measures and Indicators.
CONSERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
May 26, 2020: 1:00 – 4:00 EDT (10:00 – 1:00 PDT)
This webinar will focus on the enhancements to Objective 4 in the Forest Management Standard and Objective 1 in the Fiber Sourcing Standard related to the conservation of biological diversity. SFI will share enhancements related to forest conversion in the Forest Management Standard.
CHAIN OF CUSTODY, SFI LABELS AND CLAIMS, AND CONTROVERSIAL SOURCES
May 28, 2020: 1:00 – 3:00 EDT (10:00 – 12:00 PDT)
This webinar will focus on proposed enhancements to the SFI Chain of Custody Standard, labels and claims intended to provide greater clarity and consistency throughout the Standard. In addition, the webinar will review a proposed new definition for controversial sources.
INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVE
June 8, 2020: 1:00 – 4:00 EDT (10:00 – 1:00 PDT)
This webinar will focus on receiving input on how SFI addresses Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the SFI Standard. Enhancements to the Standard were made to ensure meaningful relationship-building and rights recognition processes.
URBAN FORESTRY
June 9, 2020: 1:00 – 3:00 EDT (10:00 – 12:00 PDT)
Urban and community forests are a significant resource in North America and are likely to continue to increase in significance based upon demographic, economic, and environmental trends. This webinar will explore the potential value of collaborating to develop a customized urban forest certification standard.
RECAP WEBINAR
June 25, 2020: 1:00 – 3:00EDT (10:00 – 12:00 PDT)
This webinar will recap all discussions and conversations from the previous webinars and allow anyone to comment on other parts of the SFI Standards revision that may not have been discussed.
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