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Forbes

How Do You Save The Rainforests? Britain Has A New Idea by David Vetter, on August 28, 2020

“There are all sorts of ways of defining sustainable agricultural production.” Bodies such as Rainforest Alliance, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and the Accountability Framework already offer … a potential route by which the government could choose to make sustainability the standard controlling such products.”


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Closing the accountability loop on commodity-driven deforestation by Leandro Fleck, on June 30, 2020

“A suite of recently launched transparency and accountability tools are turning the tide in the fight to protect tropical forests. Alongside the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative and other partners, we have supported three groundbreaking projects: The Accountability Framework Initiative, the Trase Initiative, and the Global Forest Watch Pro Platform.”


World Economic Forum

How to build deforestation-free supply chains: lessons from Indonesia by Michael B. Jenkins and Eric Usher, on March 5, 2020

“Financiers need to address their deforestation exposure in their portfolios (see the Accountability Framework initiative for detailed guidance).”


Ethical Corp

Deadline 2020: Big brands double down on efforts to source deforestation-free palm oil by Terry Slavin, on February 11, 2020

“Morgan Gillespy, director of forests at CDP, says the Accountability Framework closes the ‘accountability loophole’ that has stymied corporate action over the past decade.”


Business Green

Our world is on fire – and business must help put it out by Cristianne Close and Margaret Kuhlow, on January 25, 2020

“Companies can also double down on efforts to end deforestation and land conversion by investing in key production landscapes and developing scalable solutions in line with the Accountability Framework.”


SupplyShift

How standardization advances supply chain responsibility by Supply  Shift Staff, on January 2, 2020

“Focused in the agriculture and forestry sectors, the Accountability Framework has already helped to drive change in the private sector as industries face a growing call for accountability.”


TriplePundit

In the Wake of Climate Week, Here’s a Future Roadmap for Forests by Akiva Fishman, on October 1, 2019

“We cannot curb global warming and stem the alarming loss of biodiversity without decoupling production from deforestation and land conversion. The Accountability Framework provides a blueprint for companies to do exactly that. […] Companies can lead by example, demonstrating with their own actions in line with the Accountability Framework that rapid progress is possible.”


Business and Industry

Making ethical supply chains the new normal by Jeffrey Milder, on September 25, 2019

“We need a common framework for companies to set sustainability commitments, take action, demonstrate results, and be held accountable across vast global supply chains. […] The recently launched Accountability Framework fills this need, responding to company requests for a clear roadmap to achieve ethical supply chains that protect ecosystems and respect human rights.”


South China Morning Post

Amazon fires and Brazilian beef: how Hong Kong’s massive appetite for the meat is driving rainforest’s doom by Kylie Knott, on September 25, 2019

“‘Companies with ties to Brazil should implement concrete policies to combat deforestation and call for stronger environmental policies in Hong Kong and abroad,’ [WWF HK spokesman] Thomas Gomersall says.

He adds that firms can look to the Accountability Framework, a set of principles developed by the WWF and its partners that show how companies can credibly meet commitments to eliminate deforestation and human-rights violations from their commodity supply chains.”


The CSR Journal

CSR: Apple’s Commitment for Amazon Fires by Hency Thacker, on September 3, 2019

“Several other leading companies have also been drawn into the Amazon fires through their affiliation with the Rainforest Alliance. Rainforest Alliance works with global companies on eliminating forest destruction in their supply chains through the Accountability Framework Initiative among other activities.”


Revista Globo Rural

Platforma de boas prácticas by Raphael Salomão, in September 2019

“‘O Framework não substitui, mas endossa e recomenda seguir os parâmetros da Moratória da Soja para as companhias que têm compromisso com desmatamento zero de soja no mundo.’

Se uma empresa não fizer parte de nenhum programa específico de certificação, acrescenta [o executivo do Imaflora] Luis Fernando, pode também usar o AFi como referência para suas ações de sustentabilidade. E, a partir das diretrizes da ferramenta, será possível avaliar se essa companhia está, de fato, indo na direção das metas que tenha assumido.”


Innovation Forum

Delivering on supply chain commitments: Closing the accountability loop in 2020 and beyond Webinar hosted by Ian Welsh and featuring Dr. Leah Samberg and Philip Rothrock, on July 31, 2019

“In this webinar, we’ll discuss how companies can use newly available tools and platforms to deliver on their supply chain commitments. We’ll also assess how they can accurately and effectively measure and demonstrate that success. We’ll discuss:

  • What is the Accountability Framework, and how can it be used to strengthen and accelerate company commitments?
  • What are the latest developments and new norms around supply chain transparency?
  • How the Accountability Framework and Supply Change guide corporate reporting
  • How companies can measure progress and outcomes related to corporate commitments”

ConfectionaryNews

Rainforest Alliance welcomes new EU commitment on deforestation by Anthony Myers, on July 31, 2019

“The NGO stakeholder is a key member of the consortium that developed the ‘Accountability Framework’, referenced by the EU as an example of an initiative for forest and supply chain transparency.”


Ecosystem Marketplace

Webinar: Understanding the Accountability Framework by Declan Foraise, on July 24, 2019

“NGOs spent the past two years creating a framework for holding companies accountable for their impacts on nature. They called it the Accountability Framework, and unveiled it last month. Now you can learn more about the Accountability Framework by tuning in to an Innovation Forum webinar called “Delivering on supply chain commitments: Closing the accountability loop in 2020 and beyond.”


Mongabay

New initiative aims to jump-start stalled drive toward zero deforestation by Sarah Sax, on July 19, 2019

“Directed toward companies, [the Accountability Framework] was developed to help make sure corporate commitments, activities, monitoring systems and reporting practices are in line with common and agreed-upon norms and best practices…

Beyond just providing environmental standards, the AFi also brings on board human rights organizations like the FPP to draw up a set of ethical guidelines that look beyond traditional certification systems that have focused largely just on forests and native vegetation.”


Ethical Corp

Training for the deforestation marathon by David Cleary, on July 15, 2019

“When companies first made deforestation commitments, they lacked the clarity needed to implement these pledges in a credible way. For example, what definitions should they use for key terms like forests, deforestation and conversion? What are the best monitoring options? What are expectations and standards around transparency, verification and supply chain management? Now the Accountability Framework, launched last week, can fill the information gap and produce such guidance for companies, much of which has already been road-tested with businesses around the world.”


The Hill

Americans deserve better coverage of carbon finance by Steve Zwick and Tim Whitley, on June 22, 2019

“Such things need rigorous definitions, and the scientific debate around them recently reached a milestone, when the Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) unveiled a new global consensus on what a forest is, what deforestation is, and how forests impacts can be measured.”


Bionic Planet

An Accountability Framework For Deforestation Podcast hosted by Steve Zwick and featuring Jeff Milder, on June 18, 2019

“Environmental NGOs have long pressured companies to reduce their impact on forests, and companies have long complained that every NGO seems to come with different demands.

Now a coalition of more than a dozen NGOs have called the corporate bluff by creating a framework that provides a universal way of accounting for deforestation.

They call it the Accountability Framework, and today’s guest, Jeff Milder, is one of the people helping to pull it together.”


Agence d’information d’Afrique Centrale

Cadre de responsabilisation des entreprises : les acteurs de la sous-région se concertent à Brazzaville by Guillaume Ondzé, on June 14, 2019

“Ces dernières années, des centaines d’entreprises se sont publiquement engagées à éliminer la déforestation et l’exploitation humaine de leurs filières de valeur forestières et agricoles. « Ceci marque une évolution prometteuse pour la protection des écosystèmes et le bien-être de la population et des communautés », a déclaré Adrienne Stork, coordonnatrice du Programme AFI chez Rainforest alliance.”


The CSR Journal

CSR: Combating Deforestation – Responsibility of Companies to Protect Environment by Hency Thacker, on June 14, 2019

“To change and aid the companies to be more accountable, The Accountability Framework initiative has been launched by a coalition of civil society partners which seeks to close this implementation gap by giving companies the support they need to turn their pledges into action.”


Fast Company

The Accountability Framework wants to show if companies are actually keeping their promises by Eillie Anzilotti, on June 14, 2019

“The AFi, says Jeff Milder, professor at Cornell and director of programs at the Rainforest Alliance, is meant to act as the Rosetta stone for environmental and ethical commitments. In other words, the AFi is designed to apply across different contexts, and standardizes the different metrics and requirements of various global initiatives on climate and labor justice—including the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals—into a single, comprehensive framework.”


FeedNavigator

Financial measures to support deforestation-free sustainable agriculture: RTRS conference highlights and Cargill pledges by Jane Byrne, on June 13, 2019

“As regards developing its action plan for sustainable soy in South America, the agribusiness giant [Cargill] said it drew down on several sources, including The Soy Toolkit developed by Proforest and its 5-element approach, as well as the Accountability Framework initiative.”


FoodNavigator

Roadmap developed to abolish unethical supply chains: ‘We have the tools, now is the time to act’ by Flora Southey, on June 13, 2019

“Compared to two or three years ago, before the development of AFi and its recently launched framework, ‘we are now in a much better place’, said [the AFi’s Jeff] Milder. ‘We have much greater clarity on definitions, on implementation guidelines, on best practice around implementing deforestation, no conversion, and human rights commitments.


Ethical Corp

‘Now companies can finally be held to account for their no-deforestation commitments’ by Morgan Gillespy and Leah Samberg, on June 12, 2019

CDP and AFi are working together to make it easier for companies to use the CDP reporting platform to report against the principles of the Accountability Framework using standardised and widely accepted methods. Companies that report on their supply chain activities and commitment implementation using CDP will use many of the same definitions, concepts and metrics that are laid out in the framework, allowing for clear and consistent assessments of progress and performance.”


Ecosystem Marketplace

Nearly Half of Companies with Deforestation Risk Aren’t Addressing It by Steve Zwick, on June 10, 2019

“[The high conservation value approach and the high carbon stock approach], in turn, spawned the Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) in 2016 to forge consensus not only on what constitutes a forest, but what constitutes a deforestation commitment.”


Forest 500

Extending the ambition of company commitments to zero deforestation in soy supply chains by Ellen Griffiths, on April 18, 2019

“There are many initiatives which can help companies move from forming policy commitments through to implementation, including the Accountability Framework Initiative and Proforest’s Soy Toolkit, which provides resources and guidance…”


Supply Chain Dive

Mars discloses Tier 1 cocoa suppliers in step toward supply chain transparency by Emma Cosgrove, on March 27, 2019

“Mars’ plans include supplier accountability infrastructure provided by the Accountability Framework, a set of core principles and definitions for supply chain accountability developed by a group of environmental and labor-focused NGOs…”


Food Ingredients First

The reputational risk of deforestation-linked soy: Investors call for action on global supply chains by Robin Wyers, on March 11, 2019

“[Companies] need to be able to develop time-bound action plans in order to be able to bring [suppliers] back into compliance. The Accountability Framework is looking to help companies and organizations with a uniform way to be able to talk about this issue.”


Green Biz

With clock ticking on 2020 deforestation pledges, 5 ideas for sourcing palm oil sustainably by Meg Wilcox on February 27, 2019

“Yet even with this positive momentum, many manufacturing companies and retailers lag behind their sustainable palm and no deforestation by 2020 pledges. Such lack of ambition is not lost on investors, who are “getting to the point where they really want to see these policies in action” said Siobhan Collins…

…There are ample resources, from the Accountability Framework Initiative to industry stakeholder groups and initiatives summarized by Ceres Engage the Chain, that could help companies move from paper commitments to action on the ground.”


Forest 500

Why is FPIC important for deforestation-free supply chains? by Emma Mutch on January 25, 2019

Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is the human right for indigenous peoples and local communities to give or withhold consent to any proposed activity that may affect them or their territories… Incorporating FPIC into sustainable sourcing commitments is recommended by the Accountability Framework initiative, which aims to develop a consistent framework for companies to deliver on zero deforestation commitments. ”


The Nature Conservancy

2020 Deforestation Targets Lead to Positive Outcomes—Even If We’re Behind Schedule by Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy on January 17, 2019

“So what does a credible plan [to follow through on deforestation commitments] look like? Benchmark against the Accountability Framework; cross-check planning against it; take advantage of tools like Global Forest Watch and Agroideal; and be sure to work with supply chain partners and governments. It takes a village to get this important work done.”


Forest 500

The countdown to 2020 by Helen Burley on January 14, 2019

“…companies need to recognise the deforestation risks in their supply chains and introduce policies to address those risks. … The new Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) will provide a toolkit for companies to follow. ”