National members

Our national members are independent, national organizations that develop and run the national forest certification system in their country. 

Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

SFI as an organisation is the PEFC national member for the USA. There are endorsed two forest certification systems operational in the USA: the SFI system (SFI) and the American Tree Farm System (ATFS).

The SFI forest certification system is also operational in in Canada.

SFI system information

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) was first endorsed in 2005 and has been re-endorsed a further two times. The latest system is currently under assessment.

2014 system documentation

SFI sustainable forest management standard 1.30 MB
SFI assessment report 2.20 MB
SFI full system documentation 10.52 MB

Endorsement milestones

To maintain its PEFC endorsement, the system must meet specific endorsement milestones. The first milestone is the start of the periodic review within five years of the national approval of the sustainable forest management standard.

  • National approval date: 5 November 2014
  • Review date: 14 November 2019*

* The review date is linked to the approval date of the revised Sustainable Forest Management standard PEFC ST 1003 (14 November 2018).

2020/21 system assessment

  • Status: Public consultation finished, assessment ongoing
  • Type: Revised system
  • Download the system documentation 
  • System submitted for assessment: 2 March 2021
  • Consultation: 12 March - 11 May 2021
  • Assessor: TJ Consulting

Watch the recording of the webinar to find out more about this national system.

SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module

SFI small lands group certification module assessment report 1.11 MB
SFI small lands group certification module documentation 2.24 MB

SFI system history

  • Small lands group certification module endorsed: 12 November 2019 - Watch the webinar
  • Second re-endorsement: 12 August 2016
  • First re-endorsement: 3 November 2011
  • First endorsement: 6 December 2005
  • Joined PEFC: 19 June 2001

* Note: The SFI Forest Management standard has achieved PEFC endorsement. PEFC has not endorsed the SFI Chain of Custody standard. Any company that sources timber from SFI-certified forests and would like to sell it as PEFC-certified or use the PEFC label needs to obtain PEFC Chain of Custody certification.

ATFS system information

The American Tree Farm System was first endorsed in 2008 and has been re-endorsed a further two times. The latest system is currently under assessment.

2014 system documentation

ATFS sustainable forest management standard 354.43 KB
ATFS assessment report 1.10 MB
ATFS full system documentation 14.50 MB

Endorsement milestones

To maintain its PEFC endorsement, the system must meet specific endorsement milestones. The first milestone is the start of the periodic review within five years of the national approval of the sustainable forest management standard.

  • National approval date: 11 November 2014
  • Review date: 14 November 2019*

* The review date is linked to the approval date of the revised Sustainable Forest Management standard PEFC ST 1003 (14 November 2018).

2020/21 system assessment

  • Status: Public consultation closed, assessment ongoing
  • Type: Revised system
  • Download the system documentation 
  • System submitted for assessment: 19 March 2021
  • Consultation: 14 June - 13 August 2021
  • Assessor: Indufor Oy 

Watch the recording of the webinar to find out more about this national system.

ATFS system history

  • Second re-endorsement: 15 December 2017
  • First re-endorsement: 23 December 2013
  • First endorsement: 7 August 2008
  • Joined PEFC: 19 June 2001

About SFI

History before PEFC

SFI® Inc. is a sustainability leader that stands for future forests. Founded in 1995, we are an independent, non-profit organization that provides supply chain assurances, delivers conservation leadership, and supports environmental education and community engagement in the U.S. and Canada. 

SFI works with the forest sector, brand owners, conservation groups, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous peoples, governments, and universities. SFI standards and on-product labels help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. 

Additionally, we oversee the SFI Forest Partners® Program, which aims to increase supply of certified forest products, the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, which funds research and community building, and Project Learning Tree®, which educates teachers and youth about forests and the environment. SFI was an early member of PEFC, joining in June 2001. In 2005, the SFI Program achieved international recognition with PEFC endorsement. 

SFI Inc. is governed by an independent three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social, and economic sectors equally. SFI believes caring for forests improves everyone’s quality of life. Learn more: sfiprogram.org.

What are the benefits of being part of the PEFC alliance?

Being endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification reinforces SFI’s position as an internationally respected program. Forest certification standards enhance how brands are perceived because third-party certification shows a willingness to go beyond existing regulations to address global issues like illegal logging and deforestation. International regulations are also driving increased market interest in forest certification as the simplest and most credible tool for demonstrating legality and minimizing risk in the supply chain. 

The PEFC alliance provides reach and relevance of forest certification programs around the globe. SFI shares the PEFC alliance’s promotion of sustainable forest management and its recognition in the supply chain from the local to the global level. SFI is proud to be part of the PEFC alliance, an alliance that fosters and supports initiatives of members that are unique and innovative around the world. 

SFI Program Participants ship products to nearly 140 countries around the world, and thereby also value SFI’s endorsement by PEFC.

About ATFS

History before PEFC 

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is the oldest and largest sustainable woodland system in America. ATFS is a signature program of the American Forest Foundation (AFF), a conservation organization that engages America's family forest landowners to deliver conservation impacts, including clean water, biodiversity protection and sustainable wood supplies. 

ATFS was established almost 80 years ago and provides a community in which family landowners can learn, grow in the stewardship and connect with others. ATFS is also a thriving practitioner community, engaging more than 4,000 natural resource professionals and foresters nationwide.

What are the benefits of being part of the PEFC alliance?

Being a part of the PEFC alliance offers ATFS many benefits. The greatest of these is global recognition for the amazing stewardship and conservation impacts delivered by family landowners certified to the ATFS Standards of Sustainability. The PEFC network can provide a platform for protection and enhancement of biodiversity and delivery of clean water and sustainable fiber supplies. 

PEFC endorsement of ATFS also enables wood originating on well managed forests certified to ATFS to be recognized in the global marketplace, providing access and recognition.

Contact

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
2121 K Street, NW
Suite 750
Washington, D.C. 20037
USA

Tel:  +1 202 596 3450
Fax: +1 202 596 3451

The Team

Kathy Abusow
President and CEO

Shannon Satov
Executive Assistant to President and CEO

Jason Metnick
Senior VP, Customer Affairs

Gregor Macintosh
Senior Director Standards
Gregor.Macintosh@sfiprogram.org

Rachel Dierolf
Manager, Office of Label Use & Licensing

Daniel Pellegrom
VP, Communications

Nadine Block
COO and Senior VP, Government Affairs

Paul Trianosky

Chief Conservation Officer

ATFS

American Tree Farm System
c/o American Forest Foundation
2000 M Street, NW
Suite 550
Washington, D.C. 20036
USA

Sarah Crow
Senior Director, Sustainability Solutions, American Forest Foundation
scrow@forestfoundation.org

Tel: +1 202 677 81 12

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