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The Accountability Framework helps companies at all stages of the supply chain set ambitious and practical goals. It does this by serving as a reference for crafting commitments and policies on deforestation, natural ecosystem conversion, and human rights. 

Using the Framework to guide policy development will help your company align with market and stakeholder expectations and international norms. 

Core Principle 1 identifies the elements of strong commitments to deforestation- and conversion-free supply chains. This includes components such as accepted definitions and appropriate timeframes and targets.

Core Principle 2 outlines the elements of a strong company policy to respect internationally-recognised human rights. These include the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and their specific right to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC). They also include the rights of workers under the ILO fundamental conventions as well as the right to a living wage.  

Core Principle 3 guides companies on how to set policies that are coherent and comprehensive across their entire businesses. This includes aligning voluntary action with applicable law and using accepted definitions. It also includes establishing time-bound plans and milestones against which progress can be measured and reported.


Summaries of key issues

Operational Guidance

  • Cutoff Dates
  • Applying the Definitions Related to Deforestation and Conversion
  • Respecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
  • Workers’ Rights

AFi e-learning platform

  • Coming soon: Training modules on setting supply chain goals 



AFi self-assessment tool


How to guides


Set aligned climate and nature goals

The Accountability Framework’s guidance and tools for setting deforestation, ecosystem conversion, and human rights goals can be used in concert with other tools designed to support science-based climate and nature targets for the land sector.

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