The Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) has contributed to scaling-up ambition, action, and progress towards achieving ethical supply chains worldwide. These impacts drive stronger protection of forests, natural ecosystems, and human rights on the ground.
Supporting companies to act with clarity and confidence
Hundreds of companies from across the value chain and around the world use the Accountability Framework to help set and achieve their ethical supply chain goals.
Driving progress at the industry level
At least 70 industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives – with a combined reach of thousands of companies – have used the Accountability Framework to develop strong standards, tools, and initiatives for ethical supply chains. This includes industry associations, roundtables and certification programmes, and initiatives focused on responsible finance, disclosure, and accountability.
Establishing a common yardstick of company performance
Major assessment initiatives use the Accountability Framework as the basis for their rating and scoring methods for corporate performance to address deforestation, conversion, and related human rights risks. This provides consistency in measuring performance and clarity for companies about how to achieve progress and improve their ratings.
Strengthening and streamlining corporate disclosure
Thousands of companies disclose information on supply chain risks, practices, and impacts through systems that have aligned with the Accountability Framework, such as CDP and the Global Reporting Initiative.
How our Coalition uses the Framework
The AFi is powered by a Coalition of 25+ organisations that work to protect forests, natural ecosystems, and human rights by making ethical supply chains the new normal. Our Coalition members and other partners from industry, government, and civil society use the Accountability Framework to drive progress and deliver impact around the world.
Efeca has worked to integrate the Framework’s guidance into the UK Sustainable Palm Oil and Soya initiatives.
Imaflora uses Accountability Framework criteria in its Beef on Track and Soy on Track programs in the Amazon and Cerrado.
WWF, WRI, and CDP use the Accountability Framework to align corporate goal setting, monitoring, and reporting for climate action and no-deforestation supply chains via the Science-Based Targets initiative and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol
Supply Change’s research found that companies are using the Accountability Framework to drive positive outcomes in cocoa-producing regions.
Mighty Earth uses the Accountability Framework to develop clear, fair, and specific asks for company action toward responsible supply chains.
CDP Forests aligned its corporate disclosure methodology with the Accountability Framework to provide a clear and consistent basis for understanding company performance on deforestation and related risks.
Preferred by Nature, Proforest, Rainforest Alliance, and WWF help companies benchmark their policies against the Framework, develop and implement action plans, and conduct monitoring and reporting.
powered by a Coalition of 25+ organisations
In their own words
For me as a key project lead, the Framework provides guidance and assurance that we are moving in the right direction. I can use it to interact with internal and external stakeholders and to drive and focus discussions on sustainability issues that matter most.
The Accountability Framework has provided us with a valuable basis to deal with risks in forest and agriculture value chains. The self-assessment tool in particular helped us to benchmark our activities against best practices.
The Accountability Framework can help everyone to speak the same language, making it faster and easier for all of us to deliver on commitments.
The AFi set the bar for the level of accountability that environmental NGOs expect from forest product companies. This has helped make the case for a more detailed assessment of paper mills, through direct visits, in potentially high-risk areas.
CDP is a member of the AFI coalition, and since 2019, has specifically designed the Forests Questionnaire around the AFi principles and terminology and guidance. Companies familiar with the AFi will be better able to report to, and score well on, the CDP questionnaire, and companies completing the questionnaire will be simultaneously reporting against the Framework.
We see an opportunity to use the Accountability Framework as a litmus test to check some of the commitments that the private sector has made.
It meant that we didn’t have to hash out all of the definitions right then and there and could focus instead on key principles. It was that powerful.
Having an AFi-inspired and informed deforestation- and conversion-free by 2025 commitment serves as foundational element that makes it easy to take on other things. Because of that foundation, we’re ready when it comes to SBTi FLAG targets, SBTN Land targets, regulatory compliance, and disclosures like CDP and Forest 500. It gives us a step in the right direction on all of those and makes them less daunting. Having a Framework-aligned commitment drives value across many different sustainability platforms.
The Accountability Framework provides a common baseline that makes it simpler for companies to understand what they need to do in response to major environmental issues, and easer for conservation groups to align around a common approach.
The Accountability Framework provided Neste with a good opportunity to align and benchmark our commitments and policies against a global standard covering various commodities. It also inspired us to continue to further develop our sustainability agenda, such as grievance management, as well as auditing and verification of suppliers.
What does the Framework offer? It addresses deforestation. It addresses responsible acquisition of land. It addresses responsible engagement of stakeholders, including local or indigenous communities. It addresses workers’ rights and land rights. It’s an extremely important tool to support the effective implementation of these processes.
Being part of the AFi has been very positive for us because we were able to bring the context of our regions into the process of developing the Accountability Framework.
[The UK Roundtable on Responsible Soya and AFi definitions] helped to bring industry together in the same room and move forward, confident that we were taking an approach consistent with other global actors and markets.
The AFi represents a vision of addressing human rights and ecological concerns concurrently, and in a way that values them as inexplicably linked – not competitive – goals.
The Framework offers some practical guidance about how you can make progress on a difficult task: eliminating deforestation in your supply chain.
The Accountability Framework will enable companies to feel confident that the actions they are taking to address deforestation and conversion will satisfy their stakeholders’ expectations and have a positive impact.