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
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.
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
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.
Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
Land Use Planning
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:
Learn how you can apply the Framework to help set, implement, and monitor commitments: