Forest Certification Forest certification is widely seen as the most important initiative of recent decades to promote sustainable forest management. Forest certification is a voluntary process that involves independent, third party review of on-the-ground forest practices against management standards that address environmental, social and economic issues, and provides a means of recognition of well-managed forest land.
There are two major internationally recognized forest certification systems: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The 2010 FSC Forest Management Standard and the Requirements for the SFI 2010-2015 Program are independent standards, developed through transparent public review and comment processes.
To become certified or maintain certification, certificate holders must successfully undergo annual audits and periodic re-certification audits, conducted by independent, accredited auditing firms.