The Foodservice Packaging Institute is proud to support forestry certification for foodservice operators and other interested parties.

Third-party forestry certification ensures that organizations practice sustainability when managing forests and consider economic, environmental and social factors during production of wood and paper products, including packaging for food products.

The certification process emerged in the 1990s, when concern among consumers grew for socially-responsible practices. Since then, it has become a tool to communicate to consumers and other businesses that wood and paper products can be gained from sustainable forest operations.

Independent auditors issue certificates to organizations that uphold standards based on forestry certification programs.

While there is no single accepted forest management standard worldwide, each system takes a unique and responsible approach in defining sustainable standards.

Each of these programs has different strengths, and the competition among them continually improves the practice of sustainable forestry and ensures the survival of our forests for years to come.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® forestry certification program is one of the many programs the Foodservice Packaging Institute supports. This program is responsible for 1.7 million new trees being planted every day. By 2006, 6 billion trees had been planted since the program’s inception in 1995.

Further, the U.S. Forest Service reports that there are more trees growing in this country today than there were 70 years ago.

The Foodservice Packaging Institute encourages foodservice operators and others to assess the products they buy and the regions they come from, as well as the sustainability of their supplier, to determine if certification adds value, and which program will meet their individual needs.

For more general information on forestry certification, please visit the American Forest & Paper Association website at