Local, regional, and national governments can apply the Framework to inform the development of policies, action plans, and implementation procedures for responsible commodity production and trade. As with company commitments, high level pledges or policy objectives of governments must be operationalized through detailed requirements, effective and appropriate activities, and robust monitoring and reporting systems. The Accountability Framework has developed such details in relation to topics that are priorities for many governments – such as creating equitable, low-emissions development plans; respecting rights of indigenous peoples; integrating smallholders into responsible supply chains; developing credible forest monitoring systems; and minimizing “imported deforestation” associated with commodity imports. By referencing or adapting sections of the Framework in addressing these issues, government policy-makers and agencies can draw upon existing consensus-based guidelines that have broad credibility and acceptance.
Several governments are already referencing or exploring use of the Framework, for instance:
- The French National Strategy on Avoiding Deforestation from Imported Agricultural Commodities references the Accountability Framework to inform the creation of a national platform for companies adhering to the strategy. Other European government members of the Amsterdam Declaration Partnership are similarly looking at the Framework as an operational roadmap for policy objectives to minimize imported deforestation to Europe.
- The Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) is in active discussions with government representatives and other stakeholders working to implement the Marrakesh Declaration through the Africa Palm Oil Initiative in several countries in West and Central Africa, including Liberia, Ghana, and Cameroon. In this context, the Framework offers an established reference that policymakers in these countries may use or adapt to establish effective national action plans, implementation plans, and operational policies and programs for responsible palm oil.
- Efforts to establish jurisdictional sourcing areas, including the work of Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari (LTKL) to develop a regional competitiveness framework in Indonesia, are using the Framework to inform the development of their indicators for success that are linked to global norms.
Please note that the AFi was not established to influence government policy. However, where locally determined priorities align with elements of the Accountability Framework, the AFi seeks to support governmental bodies and other local stakeholders who wish to implement these priorities in accordance with global norms, good practices, and common guidelines.
Use the Framework
To review and apply the Framework, please refer to the Contents of the Framework to access specific sections that are relevant to your context: