Landscape and jurisdictional approaches

The Accountability Framework is a resource to help companies produce and source commodities while protecting forests and other natural ecosystems and respecting human rights. The Framework’s supply chain-based approaches to addressing environmental and human rights issues can be complemented by landscape and jurisdictional initiatives in commodity-producing regions. Review the Framework’s position and guidance on place-based approaches and find more information on this topic.

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Landscape and jurisdictional approaches bring together diverse stakeholders to develop and pursue common environmental, social, and economic goals in specific geographic areas. Through collaboration with government, civil society, and local communities, these initiatives can help address risks and impacts of commodity production that are beyond the full control of individual companies – for instance by developing more sustainable land use planning and zoning policies in a jurisdiction.

Core Principle 10 states that companies should contribute to landscape, jurisdictional, and sectoral initiatives to address key social and environmental challenges related to their operations and supply chains. Such collaborations can help companies achieve their ethical supply chain goals while driving improvements in key production and sourcing areas. To support effective engagement in landscape and jurisdictional initiatives, the Framework provides guidance on: 

  • When and how companies may use jurisdictional initiatives to monitor, control, or demonstrate compliance of raw materials based on their origin
  • How companies can most effectively participate in jurisdictional approaches and invest in place-based initiatives that support their supply chain goals
  • How companies may report on contributions to addressing deforestation, conversion, and human rights abuses beyond their direct production or procurement footprint

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Guidance on Achieving Commitments Through Collaboration

Review the Framework’s Operational Guidance on Achieving Commitments Through Collaboration, which includes information on landscape and jurisdictional approaches

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