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Contents of the Accountability Framework

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Operational
Guidance

Specific and practical detail related to
putting the Core Principles into practice
  • Applying the Definitions Related to Deforestation, Conversion, and Protection of Ecosystems
    Q&A and illustrative examples that demonstrate how to apply Accountability Framework's definitions related to protection of ecosystems in different contexts
  • Cutoff Dates
    Guidance for setting cutoff dates for no-deforestation and no-conversion commitments
  • The Relationship Between Voluntary Commitments and Applicable Law
    Guidance on how the implementation of voluntary commitments relates to international and national legal requirements
  • Supply Chain Management
    Guidance on effective supply chain management to help ensure compliance with commitments, including through risk assessment, traceability, identification of supplier non-compliance, and implementation of plans to bring suppliers into compliance
  • Monitoring and Verification
    Guidance on norms and good practices for monitoring and verification related to company commitments, focusing on environmental and social outcomes associated with raw material production and primary processing
  • Reporting, Disclosure, and Claims
    Guidance on good practice for company reporting against commitments related to the Accountability Framework’s scope, including regular public reporting, information disclosure, and claims about performance related to commitments
  • Respecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
    Detail on the scope of company responsibilities to respect IP/LC rights, ways to identify impacts to IP/LC rights, and actions to ensure respect for these rights
  • Free, Prior and Informed Consent
    Requirements, best practices, and practical considerations for companies to fulfill their obligation to secure the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
  • Remediation and Access to Remedy
    Guidance on how companies can ensure proper remediation and access to remedy related to their supply chain commitments, including through effective grievance mechanisms
  • Environmental Restoration and Compensation
    Guidance on how companies should address environmental restoration and compensation related to their no-deforestation and no-conversion commitments
  • Achieving Commitments Through Collaboration
    Guidance on how companies can fulfil voluntary commitments and support broader positive impacts through multi-stakeholder collaboration, including in landscape, jurisdictional, and sectoral initiatives
  • Smallholder Inclusion in Ethical Supply Chains
    Guidance on how companies may facilitate smallholder inclusion in ethical supply chains through contextualized implementation of supply chain commitments