Reporting & Assessment
The Accountability Framework draft Core Document calls for companies to publicly report progress and outcomes related to the implementation of commitments on a regular basis. This reporting can be made easier for companies and more helpful for users of such reporting to the extent it is based on common and interoperable definitions, data sources, metrics, and systems for sharing information along supply chains. Similarly, efforts to compare or aggregate progress and outcomes across companies, supply chains, and regions are greatly facilitated by common reporting and assessment approaches. Greater alignment helps increase accountability and support decision-making in favor of deforestation-free and responsible supply chains.
In addition to elaborating good-practice guidelines for supply chain reporting and disclosure, the Accountability Framework initiative’s Reporting & Assessment component is working with partners such as Supply Change, CDP, Climate Focus, Global Forest Watch, and the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 to better align monitoring and reporting systems around common and meaningful progress metrics. As this happens, companies can benefit from clearer expectations and streamlined reporting obligations. And the world’s forests benefit from better data and stronger accountability that can foster a race to the top for deforestation-free supply chains and jurisdictions.
As this work on reporting and assessment proceeds, updates will be provided on this page and announced in the AFi Newsletter; please subscribe if you would like to receive these updates. Additionally, draft guidance material on company reporting and disclosure will be released for public input in May 2018 and/or September 2018 as part of the public input and workshopping periods occurring at these times.