Find a delivery partner to help you achieve your supply chain goals
The AFi works closely with delivery partners that offer tailored support to companies working to set and achieve supply chain goals that are aligned with the Accountability Framework.
From benchmarking company policies against the Framework, to developing and implementing action plans, to supporting monitoring and reporting, the delivery partners listed below offer expert advice and services at global and regional levels.
If you need help connecting with a partner that meets your needs, please get in touch.
Note: The AFi does not accredit delivery partners or hold any form of commercial relationship with them. All partners listed below engage regularly with the AFi and are trained to offer Accountability Framework-aligned services and tools to accelerate the journey toward responsible supply chains.
Advice and technical support to public and private sectors on policy commitments, regulations, and implementation guidance for responsible sourcing of forest risk commodities
Trade and market analysis; providing strategic insights, reports and reflections
Messaging, education, and awareness support to communicate progress and future action
Strategic analysis and evaluation services; providing recommendations to increase effectiveness for both companies and a range of global programmes
Efeca is a certified B Corp, which involves a legal commitment to making business decisions that create a positive impact for the environment, customers, suppliers, employees, and the community. A member of the Accountability Framework initiative's (AFi) Coalition, as well as a Tropical Forest Alliance partner, World Economic Forum preferred supplier, and UN Global Compact signatory, the Efeca team of technical experts works with a wide range of clients across public, private, finance, and civil society sectors to create a positive impact for people and planet.
Efeca builds global engagements at national and local levels in over 30 countries. It works across agricultural and forest risk commodities, including palm oil, soya, timber, pulp and paper, cattle (beef and leather), sugar, coffee, cocoa, and rubber. In its engagements, Efeca provides facilitation, strategic planning, and programme support on responsible sourcing, and on sustainable trade and use of agricultural and forest commodities. Projects range from large, international donor programmes to the delivery of bespoke trainings for small and midsize enterprises (SMEs).
Preferred by Nature (PbN)
Benchmarking of corporate policies and systems against the Accountability Framework Use of the Accountability Framework-aligned ‘Sustainability Framework’ to conduct commodity-specific risk assessment, monitoring, and verification of social and environmental performance Supply chain engagement
Preferred by Nature is an international non-profit organisation that works to support better land management and business practices that benefit people, nature, and the climate. For more than 25 years, Preferred by Nature has worked to foster sustainable land use and responsible trade in forest and agricultural commodities through innovation projects, capacity building, certification, and sustainability services. Preferred by Nature has more than 270 staff and activities in over 100 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Preferred by Nature supports strong sustainable impact on the ground by offering a set of tailored sustainability advisory services that are aligned with the Accountability Framework. Core service packages include benchmarking corporate policies and systems to best practice, supply chain engagement to help you build trust with your supply chain actors and using Preferred by Nature’s AFi-aligned Sustainability Framework to conduct commodity-specific ESG risk assessments, and monitoring and verification of social and environmental performance.
- Support to companies in achieving responsible sourcing and production, aligned with the Accountability Framework
- Support to voluntary standards and multi-stakeholder initiatives in aligning with the Accountability Framework
- Effective collaboration, including on multi-stakeholder and landscape initiatives
- Capacity building through tools and guidance, the NDPE Implementation Reporting Framework, and training
Proforest is a global organisation working in more than 30 countries and with more than 20 years of experience in global supply chains. The core commodities covered in their consultancy services and grant-funded programmes are palm oil, sugar, soy, beef, rubber, cocoa and timber and forest products. They also have experience working with coconut, coffee, cotton, red seaweed, pineapple, plantain and shea.
Proforest’s mission is to support agricultural and forestry production that delivers positive outcomes for people, nature and climate
Rainforest Alliance Corporate Advisory
- Benchmarking of company policies and practices against the Accountability Framework using the AFi assessment tool, and support in developing action plans to achieve alignment
- Supply chain mapping, risk assessment, and supplier engagement
- Support to develop corporate policies that address no deforestation, no conversion, human rights, and responsible sourcing guidelines
Rainforest Alliance’s Corporate Advisory team supports companies in developing or strengthening policies to address deforestation, conversion, and human rights issues for forest-risk commodities such as palm, rubber, pulp and paper, and wood. Company commitments, implementation mechanisms, and reporting systems are assessed against the Accountability Framework. This process includes identifying gaps and working with the client’s sustainability and procurement teams to develop action plans for achieving ethical supply chains. Trainings for company clients and their suppliers are also offered. Rainforest Alliance also offers PIP, a mapping tool that supports traceability of palm, timber, pulp and paper, and rubber. This is complemented with other supply chain services such as risk assessment and development of supplier management procedures.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
- Development of responsible supply chain policies and commitments
- Identification of tools and resources to support policy implementation
- Support in taking landscape-level actions
- Support in communicating progress
As one of the world’s largest conservation organisations, WWF frequently works with companies across commodity supply chains to drive transformational change, including to combat and reverse nature loss and degradation. WWF draws on the Accountability Framework’s definitions and guidance in:
- Helping companies craft or update policies to address deforestation, conversion, and associated threats to human rights.
- Guiding companies toward appropriate tools for assessing their production or sourcing risk, communicating expectations to and engaging suppliers, monitoring and verifying progress, and reporting results.
- For companies with a forest footprint, the Forests Forward program supports improved forest management, transition to responsible sourcing, and execution of forest-based interventions.
- For companies sourcing soy, beef, or leather from South America, the DCF Toolkit tailors AFi guidance to support deforestation- and conversion-free (DCF) supply chains in this context.
- Complementing actions to address supply chain risk with scaled nature-based solutions in key production landscapes to address systemic challenges and support protection, restoration, and improved management of priority landscapes around the globe.
- Identifying and executing strategic communications to share progress and advance the deforestation- and conversion-free agenda.
- Identification and evaluation of value chain risks related to conversion, deforestation, and human rights
- Development of responsible sourcing policies, deforestation-free commitments, and science-based targets for climate and nature
- Supply chain engagement and development of monitoring and verification systems
- Assessment and communication of progress towards deforestation- and conversion-free supply chains
Anthesis brings together 1,000+ experts operating in 40 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, to serve more than 2,000 clients. Anthesis exists to shape a more productive and resilient world and is committed to creating a future in which people and nature thrive. Anthesis is a B Corp and a member of Business for Nature, the Capitals Coalition, the Task Force for Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) Forum, and the Science-Based Targets Network Corporate Engagement Program.
Anthesis experts offer advice and technical support to companies on their journeys to create deforestation– and conversion-free value chains in alignment with the Accountability Framework. This includes:
- Identifying and evaluating value chain risks
- Developing responsible supply chain commitments and science-based targets for climate and nature
- Developing responsible sourcing policies and supporting supply chain engagement
- Benchmarking responsible sourcing policies and programs
- Developing Forest Positive strategies to support regeneration and restoration of forest ecosystems
- Developing monitoring and verification systems and supporting clients to communicate progress and performance
- Assessment of potential exposure to risks associated with deforestation, conversion, and climate change. This includes quantifying emissions resulting from associated Land Use Changes
- Support in developing commitments, policies, and strategies for eliminating deforestation and conversion from supply chains, and in mitigating associated risks. This includes harmonization with existing climate ambitions
- Development of time-bound roadmaps, mechanisms, and tools for accelerated implementation of no-deforestation and no-Conversion commitments
- Development of approaches and tools for monitoring, verification, and reporting of company and supply chain performance against no-deforestation, no-conversion, and climate action commitments
Founded in 2006, South Pole is a leading climate consultancy with the mission to accelerate the transition to a climate-smart society. South Pole believes that a more prosperous future is within reach, but only if everyone plays their part today. South Pole’s 1400 employees develop, implement, and advise emission reduction strategies and projects that turn climate action into long-term business opportunities for companies, governments, and organizations around the world. South Pole knows that climate action is a team sport – which is why the organization goes beyond the boundaries of day-to-day business to partner with like-minded peers and organizations around the world to drive systemic change, together.
South Pole believes that eliminating deforestation and ecosystem conversion in the production and sourcing of forestry and agricultural commodities is critical for achieving climate goals. With the private sector at the forefront of this challenge, South Pole supports corporate and financial actors with effective and comprehensive approaches and tools to set and achieve no-deforestation and no-conversion pledges - in line with international best-practice.