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Sustainable Forestry Initiative® ( SFI ® ) Certification 

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative standard is a globally recognized North American sustainable forest management standard.  It is overseen by SFI Inc., an independent charitable organization whose Board of Directors represent a balance of environmental, social and economic interests.

KPMG provides a range of services to companies seeking SFI third party certification, including:

  • Pre-audit assessments, which are often used as a starting point by organizations that are considering certification to identify gaps between existing management systems and the standard under consideration.
  • Training Services for company executives, management and staff to provide employees with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively implement and audit a system that conforms to the requirements of SFI or other major standards.
  • Third party certification audit services to communicate your commitment of sustainable forest management to your stakeholders. We audit your system for compliance with the standard and, through the use of scheduled surveillance audits, we continue to work with you to constantly review and improve your sustainable forest management practices.


KPMG also offers clients the option for an integrated audit using any combination of the major forest management and environmental standards currently available. Forest companies can also use one Integrated Management System to manage environmental, quality, and health and safety risks in both their woodlands and mills.

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Sustainable Insight: Gearing up for green bonds


Sustainable Insight: Gearing up for green bonds

KPMG International has released a new guide, Sustainable Insight: Gearing up for green bonds [PDF 2.8 Mb], aimed at helping private and public sector organizations to overcome challenges commonly experienced when issuing green bonds. Green bonds are an increasingly attractive mechanism for organizations to raise capital to fund projects with an environmental benefit, such as renewable energy, low carbon transport or forestry projects. Eight years ago, green bonds did not exist, but fast forward to 2014 and the value of green bonds stood at more than US$53 billion outstanding.


The topic of green bonds is gaining attention in Canada, as many organizations are beginning to assess whether issuing a green bond is the right course of action and seek to understand the process involved.


Gearing up for Green Bonds addresses five key questions that organizations typically ask, including:


  1. Should we label our bond 'green'?
  2. How do we define what makes the bond 'green'?
  3. What should we report on after issuing the bond?
  4. What type of external assurance should we seek?
  5. How can we avoid accusation of 'greenwash'?


If you have any questions about this report or would like further information, please get in touch.


Additional Sustainable Insight publications can be downloaded here.