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About the Accountability Framework

Intro to the Framework

The Accountability Framework is a set of common norms and guidance for establishing, implementing, and monitoring ethical supply chain commitments in agriculture and forestry. By bringing greater clarity, consistency, and effectiveness to the implementation of these commitments, it helps to:

In recent years, growing public concern over environmental degradation and human rights violations has elevated corporate responsibility to an urgent imperative. Hundreds of forward-thinking companies have pledged to transform their supply chains to protect ecosystems and people. Yet companies committed to ethical commodity production and sourcing are often unclear about the path forward. As a result, progress has been limited – and deforestation, conversion of ecosystems, and human rights violations continue unabated.

The Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) responded to this challenge by developing an “Accountability Framework” of clear and consistent guidance for setting, implementing, and monitoring supply chain commitments. The Framework is not a new certification system. Rather, it specifies good practices for ethical supply chains, clarifies how companies can use existing tools, and provides new guidance and clarity on topics where it is now lacking. This enables companies to demonstrate progress toward commitments in consistent and credible ways.

Uses of the Framework

For more information on how you can apply the Framework, select an option that is relevant to you.


Private Sector:

The Accountability Framework responds to requests from the private sector for NGOs to offer clearer, simpler, and more unified direction on how to implement and measure progress toward supply chain commitments. Click here to learn how companies, service providers, and financial institutions can use the Framework as a guide on the ethical supply chain journey.



Civil Society:

For civil society organizations and initiatives, the Framework can be used as a common reference point for metrics, definitions, and measurement system parameters, or for alignment and development of sustainable commodity initiatives and standards.




Local, regional, and national governments can apply the Framework to inform the development of action plans, policies, and implementation procedures for responsible commodities, linked to global norms.



Local Producers and Communities:

For producers or for people and communities affected by commodity production, the Framework can be used as an advocacy and accountability tool to drive stronger implementation of commitments.


The Framework

The Accountability Framework provides common norms and guidance to help accelerate progress and improve accountability for ethical supply chain commitments.

A set of twelve Core Principles form the foundation of the Accountability Framework. These are supported by common definitions that guide the establishment and implementation of commitments. The Operational Guidance provides additional detail on putting it all into practice.