The Accountability Framework is a resource to help companies produce and source commodities while protecting forests and other natural ecosystems and respecting human rights. It guides the establishment of effective policies and implementation systems to achieve these supply chain goals, including systems for traceability and supply chain mapping. Review the Framework’s position and guidance on traceability and find user tools to apply the Framework.


Topical Summary on Traceability

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

As part of its guidance on how to establish ethical supply chains, the Accountability Framework elaborates options and best practices for companies to trace products through the stages of their supply chain to link materials to specific attributes of suppliers or production sites. Core Principle 5 presents the expectation that companies know or control the origin of materials in their supply chains sufficiently to demonstrate that the production and processing of these materials complies with company commitments, or to determine the extent and nature of issues that must be resolved.

Learn more and apply the Framework

Access the Framework’s full guidance

Review the Framework’s full guidance on traceability and supply chain mapping, found in Section 2 of the Operational Guidance on Supply Chain Management.

Use the self-assessment tool

Benchmark your company’s implementation systems – including measures for traceability and supply chain management – against the Accountability Framework and identify key areas for improvement.

Still have questions?

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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