Governance & Participation Structure

The Accountability Framework is being developed through a participatory process involving a wide range of stakeholders. These include individuals and organizations involved in setting, implementing, monitoring, and tracking ethical supply chain commitments, and those who are supporting such actions through efforts of government, local communities, and others. This page describes the governance structure and participation mechanisms for the Accountability Framework initiative according to the roles of the different groups who are involved.

Steering Group: The Accountability Framework initiative is led by a coalition of civil society organizations representing social and environmental issues from both global and producing country perspectives. These organizations comprise the Steering Group, which collectively takes decisions about the initiative’s strategic direction and reviews and approves draft and final elements of the Accountability Framework. Terms of reference for the Steering Group are available here.

The Accountability Framework is being co-developed, vetted and refined through technical work streams and stakeholder engagement involving several key sets of contributors:

  • Working Groups comprised of global experts and key stakeholders are leading the development of specific components of the Framework. These groups are charged with conducting technical analysis to inform each element and with incorporating diverse stakeholder perspectives related to their purview. The Land Working Group was convened in July 2017 based on this Terms of Reference. Working groups on verification and on reporting and disclosure are expected to be convened in the coming months. Please contact us if you are interested in contributing to any of these topics.
  • The private sector is contributing actively to the co-design of the Framework through the public consultation process and other input channels. The AFi is engaging with both global and regionally-focused companies at all stages of the value chain (producers to retailers) as well as key industry associations addressing responsible supply chains.
  • Stakeholders from tropical commodity-producing regions are participating in the process through regional engagement processes in South America, Central and West Africa, and Southeast Asia. These processes aim to build awareness about the AFi, provide opportunities for input on draft Framework elements, and foster dialogue about how the AFi can best support efforts to address key social and environmental risks in each context, in concert with other regional initiatives. Please visit the events page to view upcoming AFi-related events in tropical producing regions.
  • Other interested stakeholders are invited to learn more about the AFi through this webpage and participation in the public consultation process. Please join us if you would like to get more deeply involved.

The AFi Backbone Team, co-hosted by Rainforest Alliance and the Meridian Institute, provides technical support and process facilitation for the AFi, at the direction of the Steering Group.

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