Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), PEFC, FSC and ATF Certification

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work with NSF?
  • Certification Process

Forest management systems aim to balance commercial and noncommercial values with preservation of forest health and diversity. Every organization has different management needs, so NSF-ISR's Sustainable Forestry Program is customizable to meet your organization's goals. Choices include:

  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) forest certification (SFI 2010-2014 Standard)
  • SFI chain of custody (CoC)
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) CoC certification
  • Combined FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI or PEFC certifications (FSC offered through a partner firm)
  • American Tree Farm System (ATFS) certification (applies to small family forest landowners in the U.S.)

For more information, call toll free (U.S. only) 888.673.9000, ext. 6881 or worldwide  +1.734.827.6881 or email

Benefits of Certification

In addition to protecting the environment, certification through NSF's Sustainable Forestry Program provides these benefits:

  • New distribution channels for manufacturers or retailers who require Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified suppliers (or maintenance of existing channels as more companies shift to requiring certification)
  • Brand protection through competitive differentiation and a demonstrated commitment to social responsibility
  • Access to international markets through mutual recognition programs (PEFC)
  • Preferred vendor status with customers seeking more sustainable solutions
  • Recognized sustainable management of your forest lands for future generations

With certification you can use the SFI (and/or PEFC) logos and the SFI on-product labels which link your product to individually-certified forests. As a third-party provider, NSF-ISR conducts independent audits of your organization's forestry or manufacturing operations, giving you a competitive edge as a leader in running an environmentally conscious business.

Why Work with NSF?

NSF-ISR is a worldwide leader in registrations and certifications. We have extensive knowledge of forest products industries. In fact, our team of forest industry auditors helped develop the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard. We audit to the SFI standard, adhering to recognized and formal interpretations, not to an individual auditor’s interpretation. NSF-ISR is one of only a few registrars recognized by ANSI and ANAB to conduct SFI and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certifications. We can also provide cost-effective joint SFI and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) audits that can save time, money and resources.

Certification Process

The process of certification through NSF-ISR's Sustainable Forestry Program involves these steps:

  • Your company submits an application.
  • NSF-ISR completes an on-site audit.
  • You receive certification approval.
  • We submit the certificate to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and/or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for registration.
  • We complete regular surveillance audits, verifying ongoing conformance to the SFI, PEFC or FSC standard.
  • We re-certify the forest in the timeframe required by each standard.

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