AFi in Southeast Asia

The AFi Southeast Asia (SEA) coalition supports companies and other stakeholders to mainstream responsible commodity production and trade for the agricultural and forestry sectors in Southeast Asia. 

The coalition – comprised of leading civil society, development organizations and associations operating across the region – works collectively and in collaboration with others to address the commitment, implementation and accountability gaps in companies’ operations and supply chains using the Framework’s guidance. As the Accountability Framework guides companies and others toward clear and consistent global norms, the AFi Southeast Asia coalition helps regional stakeholders bridge these norms to local contexts, practices, and on-the-ground realities. Together, it is working to ensure sustainability can be practiced not only by companies with various capacity, expertise and sector but also policy makers and jurisdictions. 

The AFi SEA coalition consists of:

The AFi SEA coalition recognizes that actions are needed both within and beyond individual company supply chains to effectively accelerate progress on the ground.  At a local level, low-capacity actors in production landscapes can hinder landscape or jurisdiction level performance and impede wider responsible supply chain efforts, and many smallholders involved in deforestation are not yet part of specific supply chains and therefore cannot be engaged through traditional supply chain led approaches. 

To address critical gaps in the mainstreaming of ethical supply chains throughout the region, the AFi SEA coalition is focused on supporting companies in local production areas (e.g. companies beginning their sustainability journey; small/medium companies, ‘indirect’ suppliers to regional and global supply chains) to identify courses of action to improve their performance in line with the Accountability Framework’s best practice guidance. In parallel, the AFi SEA coalition works collaboratively with policy makers and jurisdictions to also provide necessary enabling conditions for companies to implement sustainable practices in accordance with the Framework. Additionally, the AFi SEA coalition aims to integrate the Accountability Framework into existing platforms and systems such as the Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard, the Sustainability Framework, NDPE Implementing Reporting Framework, and more, to ensure that good practices such as those defined in the Accountability Framework and effective tools developed through collective efforts of other organizations are more accessible and progressively integrated into companies’ supply chain management.

To read more details about AFi SEA coalition’s strategy, please read this article.


Implementing Sustainable Supply Chains Clinic

In 2022 the AFi SEA coalition is launching our first “Implementing Sustainable Supply Chains Clinic” (Klinik Implementasi Rantai Pasok Berkelanjutan), in collaboration with district governments, USAID Sustainable Environmental Governance Across Regions (SEGAR) program and other local partners in Indonesia, to help strengthen the nexus between supply chain-led and jurisdictional action.

Covering three key production landscapes across Indonesia in Sumatera and Kalimantan island, the clinic engages producers that pose high, medium, or unknown levels of risk and/or are at the beginning of their sustainability journey in priority districts of operations. The clinic provides the companies with ‘free’ diagnostics, gap assessment, and recommendations for improvement based on the Accountability Framework. Held in collaboration with local governments, the clinic will also support districts to develop recommendations for improving local governance around plantation and agricultural business compliance in support of their regional sustainability agendas.

The clinic provides a needed resource for companies seeking to respond to pressure and expectations from buyers, district governments and NGOs to improve their sustainability performance, and who can benefit from added capacity to make the necessary changes. The process comprises several stages, including an information session with corporate groups, an orientation (kick-off) workshop, and consultation workshops for diagnostics, gap assessments, and development of action plans. 

The clinic engages companies, district governments and local partners in Aceh, South Sumatra and West Kalimantan provinces in Indonesia, covering 6 districts in total.

Orientation workshop

Information Session Webinar – Implementing Sustainable Supply Chain Clinic (Webinar Sesi Informasi – Klinik Implementasi Rantai Pasok Berkelanjutan) – 25 April 2022

This webinar was held in the form of an online business gathering to inform parent companies, buyers, and relevant associations on the launch of Implementing Sustainable Supply Chain Clinic (Klinik Implementasi Rantai Pasok Berkelanjutan) this year that will be implemented in 6 target districts, Sintang, Sanggau, Musi Banyuasin, Banyuasin, Aceh Tamiang, Aceh Timur, as part of the collaboration between USAID Sustainable Environmental Governance Across Regions (SEGAR), district governments, and other local partners in Indonesia.

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Musim Mas Group on the Accountability Framework:

Olivier Tichit, Director of Sustainable Supply Chain of Musim Mas Group, offers his testimonial on how the Accountability Framework has supported the company in strengthening its sustainable commitment.

Sustainability commitments of Sintang/Sanggau/Musi Banyuasin/Aceh Tamiang/Aceh Timur District in supporting Klinik Implementasi Rantai Pasok Berkelanjutan:

Each district that is targeted as a priority district for Klinik Implementasi Rantai Pasok Berkelanjutan’s activities declares its support in the upcoming clinic activities that will further accelerate and strengthen each district’s sustainable agenda on ethical supply chain.

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