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Framework Development Process

How the Accountability Framework Was Developed

The Accountability Framework was developed from 2017 through May 2019 through an open consultative process involving diverse stakeholder groups. This process included three public consultation periods featuring multi-stakeholder workshops in several tropical countries as well as in-depth conversations with companies, industry groups, government representatives, and peer initiatives working on issues of commodities, deforestation, and human rights. The Public Consultation Report provides more detail on the consultation process, summarizes the inputs provided through this process, and explains how this feedback was incorporated or addressed in Framework version 1.0 (published in June 2019).

Development of the Framework overall was led by the AFi Steering Group. Drafting of specific sections (e.g., on forests and natural ecosystems, land rights, workers’ rights, monitoring, verification, reporting, and others) was led by working groups composed of AFi Steering Group members and additional members representing diverse perspectives from global and national NGOs, service providers, research institutions, and implementation partners involved in supporting ethical supply chains. The AFi Backbone Team provided technical and editorial support to the Framework development process.

The Accountability Framework represents the consensus of all Steering Group members that participated in its development, including those current members listed here as well as founding members Forest Peoples Programme, Greenpeace, Imaflora, and Rights and Resources Initiative.