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Accountability Framework

A zip file of the Accountability Framework's Core Principles, Operational Guidance, and definitions.

1 Zip File, containing 15 PDFs (29.6 MB)

September 2023

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Operational Guidance: Cutoff Dates

Guidance on how to select cutoff dates for no-deforestation and no-conversion commitments, including for complex sourcing scenarios (Eg, sourcing multiple commodities from multiple regions.)

1 PDF (2.51 MB)

September 2023

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Operational Guidance: Applying the Definitions Related to Deforestation, Conversion

Guidance on how to apply definitions of deforestation and conversion in practice. Including Q&A and illustrative examples that demonstrate how to apply these definitions in different contexts.

1 PDF (19.4 MB)

April 2023

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Core Principles

The Accountability Framework's 12 Core Principles, across seven different action areas.

1 PDF ( 3.13 MB)

April 2023

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Operational Guidance: Workers' Rights

Guidance on ensuring respect for workers’ rights within company operations and supply chains, expanding on the workers’ rights provisions listed in Core Principle 2.3, including summaries, best practices, and links to support.

1 PDF (0.98MB)

August 2021

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Operational Guidance: Supply Chain Management

Guidance for buyers at any stage of the supply chain on effective supplier management approaches. Fcusing on traceability of raw material origins, assessment of risk, and supplier engagement to support compliance.

1 PDF (2.76 MB)

May 2020

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Operational Guidance: Smallholder Inclusion in Ethical Supply Chains

Guidance on how to engage smallholders in their supply chains in a mutually beneficial manner. This includes providing benefits and incentives to smallholders, while enabling companies to fulfil commitments.

1 PDF (2.78 MB)

May 2020

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Operational Guidance: Monitoring and Verification

Guidance on monitoring and independent verification of commitments to no-deforestation, no-conversion and human rights, following recognised norms and good practice. Focused on performance at the supply base level.

1 PDF (1.93 MB)

May 2020

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Operational Guidance: Environmental Restoration and Compensation

Guidance on how to conduct restoration and/or compensation when environmental harms have occurred in company operations or supply chains.

1 PDF (2.19 MB)

May 2020

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Operational Guidance: Voluntary Commitments and Applicable Law

Guidance on how the implementation of voluntary commitments relates to international/national legal requirements. Includes details on procedures to identify and assess applicable law related to the Accountability Framework. 

1 PDF (1.59 MB)

May 2020

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