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Accelerate progress and improve accountability

The Accountability Framework is a set of common norms and guidance for establishing, implementing, and demonstrating progress on ethical supply chain commitments in agriculture and forestry.

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The Ethical
Supply Chain

For companies and others committed to eliminating deforestation, conversion of natural ecosystems, and human rights violations from supply chains, the path forward isn't always clear. The Accountability Framework provides a practical roadmap, offering Principles and Guidance at each stage of this ethical supply chain journey.


Set Commitments

Develop new commitments or refresh current commitments.


Take Action

Implement policies and practices to fulfill commitments.


Demonstrate Progress

Monitor and document progress in a credible way.
Take Journey

The Accountability

The Accountability Framework is a set of common norms and guidance for establishing, implementing, and monitoring ethical supply chain commitments. A set of Core Principles form the foundation of the Framework. Common Definitions ensure that companies set and apply commitments using accepted and appropriate terminology. And Operational Guidance accompanying the Principles provides supporting detail on putting it all into practice.

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As companies, we all want rules of the game. We all want to know what we can report against transparently to demonstrate to stakeholders that we're really making these efforts in our supply chains. The Accountability Framework allows us to do that in a really clear and detailed way.

— Rachael Sherman Director Global Sustainability, McDonald's Corporation

One primary use of the Accountability Framework for companies to use it to benchmark their commitments. Companies can see how their policies match up to the Framework and see what they need to improve.

— Mike Senior Deputy Director - Conservation and Land Use, Proforest

The Accountability Framework can help everyone to speak the same language, making it faster and easier for all of us to deliver on commitments.

— Michel Santos Director, Global Sustainability, Bunge


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of life on our planet – including the way that goods are produced and distributed. How are commodity producers adapting their sustainability and ethical supply chain efforts to this disruption? And how can we all work together under this new reality to achieve the goals of halting … Continued

To protect the world’s forests and ensure full respect for human rights, ethical supply chains must become the new normal – not just a niche offering or a “nice to have” for companies. The main focus of the AFi’s 2020-2022 strategy is to help bring about this mainstreaming. To this end, our coalition members have been working … Continued

The COVID-19 crisis is a reminder of the interconnected nature of our society – including the supply chains that deliver crucial goods to our communities. To do our part and help flatten the curve of the present outbreak, the full AFi team has shifted to working from home and conducting all meetings virtually.Yet our work … Continued