Framework Development Process and Timeline

The Accountability Framework is being developed throughout 2018 via an iterative process with multiple opportunities for companies, NGOs, governments, and other stakeholders to contribute. Technical content development for most sections of the Framework is being led by working groups on Land and on Monitoring & Verification (see Governance and Participation Structure for more detail). The members of these working groups represent diverse perspectives from global and national NGOs, service providers, research institutions, and implementation partners involved in supporting ethical supply chains.

There will be several opportunities to contribute to the Framework development process throughout 2018, particularly around the following milestones:

  • July 2018

    A revised version of the Accountability Framework Core Principles and draft Operational Guidance on selected topics (e.g., definitions and how to apply them, monitoring and verification, and the use of jurisdictional approaches) is released for stakeholder review and input.

  • October 2018

    Draft operational guidance on additional topics (e.g., long-term protection, remedy and compensation, intact landscapes, and smallholders) will be shared for stakeholder review and input.

  • January 2019

    Version 1.0 of the full Framework will be released publicly for consultation and review, with a final version published shortly thereafter.

During each of these periods, the AFi will host multiple events (e.g., alongside major global conferences as well as in tropical commodity-producing regions) to discuss draft materials with different stakeholder groups. These and other opportunities to contribute will be announced in the AFi Newsletter.