As part of its broad commitment to corporate social responsibility, Nosco will now meet the rigorous requirements of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard for cartons and inserts.
SFI’S FIBER SOURCING STANDARD
SFI’s Fiber Sourcing Standard serves as a designated guideline for organizations that do not own or manage land, but that do procure wood directly from forests. As such, SFI program participants must show that the raw material in their supply chain comes from legal and responsible sources, whether the forests are certified or not. Primary producers, like Nosco, must be third-party audited and certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard, which includes measures to:
- Broaden the practice of biodiversity.
- Use forestry best management practices to protect water quality.
- Provide outreach to landowners.
- Use the services of forest management and harvesting professionals.
“At Nosco, we have a strong commitment to responsible forest management, as do our customers,” said Heather Nimmer, Director of Marketing at Nosco. “The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard will help us meet the high expectations of our customers, while strengthening our commitment to being an ever-improving contributor to saving our planet’s resources.”
The SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard distinguishes SFI from all other forest certification programs in that it governs how SFI Program Participants procure fiber from non-certified forestland. This will encourage the spread of responsible forestry practices, given that about 90 percent of the world’s forests are uncertified, and there needs to be a strong mechanism to promote responsible procurement from these lands.
“SFI fiber sourcing requirements support family forest owners across North America,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “It helps them protect threatened and endangered species, promote reforestation and strengthen best management practices to protect water quality.”
“We are proud to offer our customers printed packaging sourced through responsible forestry practices and look forward to working alongside the Sustainable Forestry Initiative,” said Nimmer.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) is a sustainability leader that stands for future forests. SFI® is an independent, non-profit organization that provides supply chain assurances, produces conservation outcomes, and supports education and community engagement. 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, they 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 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.
To learn more about SFI’s Fiber Sourcing Standard, visit: Sfiprogram.org ◊