Land management and long-term protection

Land management and long-term protection

Companies conduct or support effective long-term land management commensurate with their role in the supply chain.

Stage of the ethical supply chain journey

Implement ethical supply chains

Companies conduct or support effective long-term land management – including protection of conservation and cultural values and the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities – commensurate with their role in the supply chain. These actions are critical to help fulfill commitments related to forests and other natural ecosystems (Core Principle 1) and respect for land rights (Core Principle 2.2 ). Companies that own or manage agriculture and forestry production areas and associated lands are most directly responsible for applying this Principle. Downstream companies linked to the subject areas ensure that these practices are instituted across their supplier base.

8.1

Companies that own or manage land conduct or support management activities necessary to ensure long-term protection of the above-mentioned values and rights on the subject site(s) and adjacent areas. If mechanisms for management, monitoring, and long-term protection were defined as part of the site acquisition or development process, these are implemented and adapted as needed to remain effective. If such mechanisms were not defined, the company develops management and monitoring plans to ensure effective long-term protection of the conservation and community values of that land.

8.2

In the case of ongoing conflict or negative social or environmental impacts associated with the company’s prior actions or land management practices, the company takes steps to address and remedy such harms, consistent with Core Principle 9.

8.3

Entities that acquire interests in commodity production lands assume the obligations associated with those lands related to conservation, restoration, land management, and respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

8.4

Buyers ensure that their direct and indirect suppliers that own or manage land are fulfilling the preceding elements or following a time-bound plan for effective land management to protect conservation and community values, and to respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in relation to such lands. In some situations, this requires buyers to support effective land management and long-term protection through financial, technical, or other effective means.

Apply the Principle

Operational Guidance
Respecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

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