Good practices for key topics

The Accountability Framework provides information, best practices, and resources to help companies and other stakeholders achieve ethical supply chains. See below for summaries of the Framework’s guidance on key topics, links to relevant sections of the Framework, and user tools to support application of the Framework in practical ways.

Supply chain due diligence

The Accountability Framework provides a reference for implementing environmental and human rights due diligence processes in soft commodity supply chains.

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Deforestation and conversion

The Framework supports companies in setting and achieving goals to eliminate deforestation and ecosystem conversion from commodity supply chains.

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Human rights

The Framework supports companies in setting and achieving goals to respect human rights, including the rights of workers and of indigenous peoples and local communities.

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For companies that purchase agricultural or forestry commodities, traceability and supply chain mapping are essential for understanding environmental and human rights risks. 

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Supplier management

To achieve supply chains that are free from deforestation, ecosystem conversion, and human rights abuses, companies must ensure compliance with these elements throughout their entire supply base.

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Responsible production

Achieving ethical supply chains depends on the responsible establishment and operation of production and primary processing sites.

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Monitoring and verification

Monitoring and verification systems are essential components of company operations, risk assessment, supply chain management, and reporting.

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Landscape and jurisdictional approaches

The Framework clarifies how companies and other stakeholders can implement ethical supply chains in coordination with jurisdictional initiatives to more effectively address environmental and human rights issues.

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One primary use of the Accountability Framework for companies to use it to benchmark their commitments. Companies can see how their policies match up to the Framework and see what they need to improve.

Mike Senior
Deputy Director - Conservation and Land Use, Proforest


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If you have specific questions about how the Framework can be applied in your context, or if you would like to speak to a member of the AFi team, please contact us below.

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