SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE INC

Advancing sustainability through forest-focused collaborations

WASHINGTON, DC   |  forests.org

Mission

SFI's mission is to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. SFI Inc. is a sustainability leader that advances sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. We are an independent, non-profit organization that demonstrates our commitment to forests through our work in standards, conservation, education, and community. SFI works with the forest sector, brand owners, conservation groups, resource professionals, educators, Indigenous Peoples, and others.

Ruling year info

2018

President & CEO

Kathy Abusow

Main address

2121 K St. NW STE. 750

WASHINGTON, DC 20037 USA

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EIN

80-0030060

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Our programs

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Standards

Through innovation and strategic partnerships, SFI is committed to taking a leadership role in local and global initiatives relating to sustainable forest management. We engage and communicate proactively with customers to ensure they understand the value of SFI standards and our commitment to continuous improvement. SFI is growing certification across all three SFI standards in existing and emerging markets through the standard revision process, technology and innovation, and strategic partnerships.

The SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules are based on core principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, fish and wildlife habitat, species at risk, and forests with exceptional conservation value. SFI on-product labels help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. By the end of 2018, 305 million acres across the US and Canada were certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard, 251 companies were certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard, and 581 companies were certified to the SFI Chain of Custody Standard.

Population(s) Served
Adults

SFI invests in research that advances forestry practices and conservation science. The SFI Standards require Program Participants to invest in research to advance forestry practices. In 2018 alone, $59 million was invested in research by SFI Program Participants in more than 405 conservation-based projects with hundreds of partner organizations. This brings the total amount invested in research by SFI program participants to more than $1.6 billion since 1995.

SFI is supporting research to measure outcomes relative to water quality, biodiversity and species at risk, and climate change — ranging from carbon to forest health. Eighteen projects have been funded, measuring everything from water quality to caribou habitat. SFI convened a “sounding board” of diverse scientists and leaders from the conservation community to ensure objectivity and relevance of Conservation Impact results.

Population(s) Served
Adults

SFI’s unique network of 34 regional, state and provincial SFI Implementation Committees (SICs) represents 43 states and provinces across North America. These are primarily volunteers engaged in local community projects and outreach, monitoring compliance to the SFI Standard, and providing logger training and landowner outreach. In 2018, SICs provided training to over 11,000 resource and logging professionals, bringing the total trained to over 192,000.

In 2018 alone, SFI supported 18 community grants that featured collaboration between SFI and a diverse range of people from 102 organizations to support community projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

SFI's educational initiatives include: logger training, Project Learning Tree Canada (PLTC) and Project Learning Tree (PLT), an award-winning initiative that helps educators integrate environmental education into lesson plans and use the outdoors to engage students in learning about the world around them. Cumulatively, PLT has reached over 135 million students, through 750,000 teachers, over four decades.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

OUR VISION: A world that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests.
OUR MISSION: To advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations.

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.

More than 360 million acres/147 million hectares of forestland is certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard. These lands stretch from Canada’s boreal forest to the U.S. South.

Additionally, SFI oversees 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 Inc. is governed by an independent three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social, and economic sectors equally. The Board sets SFI’s strategic direction and is responsible for overseeing and improving the internationally recognized SFI Program and SFI standards.

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SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE INC

Board of directors
as of 02/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karla Guyn

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Term: 2021 - 2022

Karla Guyn

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Michael Doss

Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

Ebonie Alexander

Black Family Land Trust, Inc.

Kevin Edgson

EACOM Timber Corporation

Brent Keefer

American Forest Management Inc.

Dan Lambe

Arbor Day Foundation

Lennard Joe

Scw'exmx Tribal Council

Jim Irving

JD Irving, Ltd.

Michael Parr

American Bird Conservancy

Bettina Ring

Commonwealth of Virginia

Jaime Yraguen

Associated Oregon Loggers

Jeff Bromley

USW Wood Council

Ashley Hoffman

Kentucky Association for Environmental Education

Patricia Layton

Clemson University

Dawn Carr

Canadian Parks Council

Jad Daley

American Forests

Gail Wallin

Canadian Council on Invasive Species

Guy Gleysteen

GreenBlue