Responsible farm and forestry production

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 guides the development of effective policies and implementation systems to achieve ethical supply chains, including at the level of production and primary processing. Review the Framework’s position and guidance on responsible farm and forestry production and find user tools to apply the Framework.


Topical Summary on Responsible Production

Related Core Principles

Achieving ethical supply chains ultimately depends on the responsible establishment and operation of production and primary processing sites. These include farms, plantations, forest management units, and processing mills.

Responsible production entails three components:

  1. Site establishment: Land acquisition, land-use planning, and site development are protective of forests, other natural ecosystems, and the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities (Core Principle 7).
  2. Site operation: Production units are managed to ensure long-term protection of the site’s conservation and cultural values (Core Principle 8) and full respect for human rights (Core Principle 2).
  3. Remediation: Restoration or other remedy is provided where production activities have caused or contributed to adverse environmental or human rights impacts (Core Principle 9).

Producers and processors are typically most directly responsible for implementing responsible production practices. But traders, downstream buyers, and financial institutions also have critical roles to play by ensuring that their sourcing policies, supplier engagement practices, and financing activities mandate and support responsible production on the ground.

Learn more and apply the Framework

Operational Guidance on Respecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities


Operational Guidance on Free, Prior and Informed Consent


Operational Guidance on Workers’ Rights


Operational Guidance on Remediation and Access to Remedy


Use the self-assessment tool


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