Civil Society

The Forest Trust (TFT) is a global non-profit organization that helps companies and communities deliver responsible products by working to empower forest communities and find solutions to deforestation.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving a sustainable forestry certification program in the U.S. and Canada. Through its affiliation and mutual recognition with the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, the SFI standard is global.

Sound and Fair

Sound and Fair works to supply sustainably sourced African blackwood from community forests to the music industry, and to promote awareness of issues involved in the use of African blackwood.

The Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative is a Tanzania-based project affiliated with Fauna and Flora International. It works to conserve East African blackwood (mpingo) forests, which are commonly used in production of certain musical instruments, by promoting sustainable and socially equitable harvesting of mpingo and other valuable timber stocks through community forestry, awareness raising, and field research.


Imazon is a non-profit research institution based in Belem, Brasil, whose mission is to promote sustainable development in the Amazon through studies, support for public policy formulation, broad dissemination of information and capacity building.

Forest Trends

Forest Trends is a Washington, DC-based international organization that works to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests.