Certifications for Forestry Operations

NSF International certification of third-party audits of forestry operations, which gives you a competitive edge to lead an environmentally-conscious business.
Ariel view of Forest - Forest Management Certification | NSF International

NSF is one of only a few certification bodies accredited to conduct audits to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), PEFC and American Tree Farm System standards. We also provide integrated SFI and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) audits that can save time, money and resources.

NSF Certification, LLC (FSC-N003091) delivers FSC certification services in association with Soil Association Certification Ltd. (FSC-A000525).

Forest Management

Forest management standards balance commercial values with preserving forest health and diversity.

  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI 2015-2019 Standard, Section 2)
  • American Tree Farm System (ATFS 2015-2020) certification for small family forest landowners in the U.S.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification (delivering FSC certification services (FSC-N003091) in association with Soil Association Certification Ltd., FSC-A000525)

In addition to protecting the environment, forestry certification through NSF provides:

  • Brand protection through competitive differentiation and a demonstrated commitment to social responsibility
  • Preferred vendor status with customers seeking more sustainable solutions
  • Recognised sustainable management of your forest lands for future generations
  • New sources of SFI, ATFS, PEFC or FSC certified wood or maintenance of existing sources as end users shift to requiring certification


Certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard (Section 3) verifies your organisation is sourcing raw material in your supply chain from legal and responsibly-managed sources.

It also demonstrates your commitment to support reforestation, protect soil and water quality, and encourage environmentally sound practices.

Chain of Custody

Chain of custody is a system of tracking fibre from certified forest content through manufacturing to end product. Any organisation that processes or trades certified forest products — including manufacturers of paper and wood-based products, converters, printers, wood dealers, wholesalers and brokers — can seek certification to:

  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative 2015-2019, Section 4: Chain of Custody Standard
  • Chain of Custody, PEFC ST 2002:2020
  • Forest Stewardship Council certification (delivering certification services (FSC®-N003091) in association with the Soil Association Certification Ltd. (FSC-A000525,) which can be combined with SFI and/or PEFC certification from NSF)

In addition to protecting the environment, chain of custody certification provides:

  • New distribution channels with manufacturers or retailers that require certified materials
  • Access to international markets through mutual recognition programmes (PEFC)
  • Preferred vendor status with customers seeking more sustainable solutions
  • Certification marks that link your product or organisation to more sustainable forests

Transferring or Consolidating Forestry Services

Consolidating your forestry services, or switching them to NSF, is a seamless process. Our professional staff and auditors provide reliable answers and interpretations backed by years of industry experience. Our services help determine trends and identify opportunities for improvement.

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