Macmillan joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Forest Partners Program as one of its founding members.
SFI’s Forest Partners Program allows market leaders to support certification by helping to facilitate forest certification and the certified sourcing of forest products on behalf of small landowners and manufacturers. Partners will work collectively with the SFI community to make certification more efficient and accessible by providing resources for activities such as shared consulting expertise, group certification, and audit coordination.
By the end of 2014, SFI Forest Partners aims to certify an additional five million acres (two million hectares) of forests to the SFI 2010-2014 Standard. By the end of 2017, the Forest Partners Program hopes to certify 10 million acres (four million hectares) of forest across the United States and Canada. We will also seek to certify more small and medium-sized mills to SFI certified sourcing or chain-of-custody certification.
Our CEO John Sargent summed it up best when he said:
“Sustainability is a core mission for Macmillan. By committing to the use of certified fiber sourced from well-managed North American forests, we are ensuring responsible, environmentally-friendly forestry, while also supporting the most efficient global use of recycled fiber. Third-party certification instills confidence that we are making informed choices that keep domestic forests healthy, rural communities strong, and preserves fragile forests in other areas of our world”