Contents of the Framework

The Accountability Framework provides common norms and guidance to help accelerate progress and improve accountability for responsible supply chain commitments.

The centerpiece of the Accountability Framework is a set of twelve Core Principles. These are supported by common definitions that guide the establishment and implementation of commitments. The Operational Guidance provides additional detail on putting it all into practice.

The full draft of version 1.0 of the Accountability Framework is available as of December 2018. Following a public consultation and revision period, the final version 1.0 of the Framework is expected to be launched in April 2019.

Core Principles and Definitions

REVISED - December 2018

Core Principles

A high-level summary of the key elements of good practice for setting, implementing and monitoring effective supply chain commitments in agriculture and forestry.

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REVISED - December 2018

Terms and Definitions

Key terms that are used in the Core Principles and Operational Guidance.

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Operational Guidance

The following draft sections are currently available:

How to Apply the Definitions on Deforestation and Conversion

Q&A and illustrative examples that demonstrate how to apply Accountability Framework definitions in different contexts

Cutoff Dates

Guidance for setting cutoff dates for no-deforestation and no-conversion commitments

NEW - December 2018

Supply Chain Management

Guidance on effective supply chain management to help ensure compliance with commitments, including through risk assessment, traceability, and identification and resolution of supplier non-compliance

REVISED - December 2018

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

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NEW - December 2018

Reporting and Disclosure

Guidance on good practice for company reporting against commitments related to the Accountability Framework’s scope, including regular public reporting, information disclosure, and business-to-business reporting

REVISED - December 2018

Relationship Between Voluntary Commitments and Applicable Law

Guidance on how the implementation of voluntary commitments relates to applicable law

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NEW - December 2018

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

NEW - December 2018

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC)

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

NEW - December 2018

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

NEW - December 2018

Environmental Restoration and Compensation

Guidance on how companies should address environmental restoration and compensation related to their deforestation-free and conversion-free commitments

NEW - December 2018

Smallholders

Guidance on how companies may facilitate smallholder inclusion in responsible supply chains through contextualized implementation of supply chain commitments

REVISED - December 2018

Applying Voluntary Commitments in Context

Guidance on how companies can effectively engage stakeholders and fulfill voluntary commitments in a landscape and jurisdictional context

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Participate

Companies, government, civil society and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide input and help shape the Framework’s further development:

Next Up

Learn how you can apply the Framework to help set, implement, and monitor commitments: