Contents of the Framework

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

The Framework consists of a set of Core Principles, Definitions, and Operational Guidance that provide additional detail related to putting the Core Principles into practice. Sections of the Guidance are being developed and released in stages during 2018.

Core Principles and Definitions

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.


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

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

Monitoring and Verification (preliminary draft)

Guidance on key elements and best practices for monitoring and verifying the fulfillment of commitments

Applying Voluntary Commitments in Context

Guidance on how the implementation of voluntary commitments relates to applicable law and government and multi-stakeholder initiatives (e.g., jurisdictional approaches)

Applicable Law Assessment

Guidance on how to design procedures to identify and assess applicable law, or to review their existing procedures related to such assessment.

Future Sections

Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Intact Landscapes


Supplier Management

Land Use Planning

Long-Term Protection

Remedy, Remediation, and Compensation

Reporting and Disclosure


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: