Collaboration for landscape and sectoral sustainability

Collaboration for landscape and sectoral sustainability

Companies contribute to sector, landscape, and jurisdictional initiatives to foster collaboration towards addressing key social and environmental challenges.


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Companies conduct their business and use their influence in an ethical and transparent manner to help protect the environment and respect human rights. Companies contribute to sector, landscape, and jurisdictional initiatives to foster collaboration towards addressing key social and environmental challenges. This Principle applies to all companies.


Companies that develop, own, or manage land – as well as traders that have a significant production or procurement footprint in specific landscapes – participate in or support multi-stakeholder planning and policy efforts to improve land governance, avoid deforestation and conversion of other natural ecosystems, and prevent adverse impacts to human rights through action at a landscape or jurisdictional level. Companies further downstream (e.g., manufacturers) also participate in such processes when warranted by their position in the supply chain and the scale of procurement or influence in specific areas.


The company works with governments and other stakeholders to promote the publication of maps (e.g., land-use zoning and concession areas) and other relevant information (e.g., locations and trade volumes of silos or refineries) that can help accelerate implementation of sustainable practices and initiatives, facilitate monitoring, and foster transparency.


The company participates in sector initiatives to create collective or aligned goals, commitments, standards, coordinated implementation processes, monitoring systems, or other measures to increase effectiveness, expand scale, and minimize leakage related to ethical supply chains.


Companies that currently operate in, or source from, contexts characterized by moderate to high social or environmental risk or poor governance remain engaged in these settings, with a focus on using their influence to address such risks. In these situations, the company seeks opportunities to work with peers sourcing from the same area, third-party certifiers, governments, and other stakeholders to implement collaborative efforts to strengthen governance and promote wider compliance and implementation of improved practices.


The company makes good-faith efforts to communicate requirements for ethical supply chains – and to provide incentives and support to help fulfill them – to prospective suppliers in the areas from which they source. This may be done by the company individually (e.g., by including requirements in new contacts) and/or at a sector level through collaborative efforts of groups of companies and other actors.


The company encourages partners, suppliers, customers, and peers in the agriculture and forestry sectors, as well as relevant associations, industry groups, and government actors to follow the elements of the Accountability Framework.


Company-supported advocacy and governmental engagement at all levels is consistent with the company’s commitments, applicable law, and elements of the Accountability Framework. This includes, for instance, advocacy related to human rights, land designations, regulations and licenses affecting commodity production and trade, and land and labour laws. The company publicly discloses all political contributions and campaign expenditures at all jurisdictional levels.

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