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The Accountability Framework initiative: Delivering on ethical supply chain commitments


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Presentation by Adrienne Stork, Senior Program Manager, Supply Chain Accountability, Rainforest Alliance

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The Accountability Framework initiative: Delivering on ethical supply chain commitments

  1. 1. The Accountability Framework initiative Delivering on ethical supply chain commitments March 2019
  2. 2. 2 Companies have committed to eliminating deforestation and human exploitation from commodity supply chains… Source: Compiled by Climate Focus on data presented on in July 2018
  3. 3. …but there is a wide “implementation gap”… 3 • Interim milestones are not being met • Definitions, standards and tools have proliferated, but are not harmonized • Lack of clarity around implementation • Limited monitoring and reporting • Lack of common metrics to track progress and performance
  4. 4. 4 Large international company sourcing palm oil Lack of common metrics limit accountability and hinder supply chain risk mitigation Palm oil scorecard rating A Example: Has substantial traceability of palm oil to the plantation level. Participates in initiatives to reform the palm oil industry. Publicly discloses suppliers. Palm oil scorecard rating B Example: Only about a quarter of their supply chain is RSPO certified palm oil. They fell at least 50% short of their 2015 CSPO targets. Two very different takes from different scorecards on whether this company is ‘ethical’:
  5. 5. …so the main challenges remain unresolved 5 • Deforestation and human rights violations persist • Continued material risks for companies • Ambiguity about progress & outcomes • Lack of clear accountability facilitates greenwashing Source: Global Forest Watch. World Resources Institute. 2018.
  6. 6. 6 The Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) This Framework aims to help companies and others fulfill commitments by: • clarifying good practices and critical details for setting, implementing, monitoring, verifying, and reporting on supply chain commitments and their achievement; • clarifying which standards, tools and systems can fulfill supply chain commitments in different contexts; • filling critical gaps for topics and contexts where clear guidance is now lacking; • helping to improve the level of consensus and alignment around ethical supply chains, particularly from civil society. The Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) is a collaborative effort to accelerate progress and improve accountability for ethical supply chain commitments in agriculture and forestry. The Accountability Framework is a set of common definitions, norms and guidance intended to bring greater clarity, consistency, effectiveness, and accountability to the implementation of these commitments.
  7. 7. 7 The Accountability Framework initiative… IS A global ‘public good’ intended to be used by companies and others to help protect forests and ecosystems and benefit people Providing clear norms and guidelines for setting, implementing and monitoring company commitments across different contexts Working to align monitoring, reporting, and assessment initiatives and tools toward a common framework and metrics IS NOT A commercial product or service A new certification program Conducting its own assessment, rating, or benchmarking of company performance
  8. 8. 8 The scope of the AFi mirrors the scope of existing commitments for agriculture and forestry supply chains What is the scope of the AFi? Palm Oil Topical scope Supply Chains Cattle Pulp/paper/timber Cocoa Other commodities (rubber, coffee, etc.) South America Geographies Southeast Asia Other producing regions West/Central Africa Soy
  9. 9. 9 Companies apply the Framework to help achieve ethical supply chains The Ethical Supply Chain Journey Three stages to eliminate deforestation, conversion, and human rights violations from supply chains Develop new commitments or refresh current commitments Implement practices towards fulfillment of commitments Monitor, document, and report on progress in a credible way
  10. 10. Who is contributing to Framework development and how? Led by a coalition of civil society partners… And 30+ organizations in topical working groups • Natural ecosystems • Human rights, • Monitoring and Verification • And other topics …and building the Framework in consultation with… • West and Central Africa • South America • Southeast Asia Input from and co-creation with the private sector • Engagement of industry associations • Companies at all value chain stages Plus independent experts: Gita Syahrani, Indonesia Silas Siakor, Liberia Input from and co-creation with stakeholders in the region Other implementation protocols • High Carbon Stock Approach & HCV • Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture …aligning and collaborating with other key initiatives… Reporting and assessment initiatives • CDP Forests • Forest 500 / Global Canopy • Global Forest Watch • SPOTT • Supply Change/Forest Trends Responsible investment initiatives • Ceres • UNPRI National, regional and jurisdictional approaches • Africa Palm Oil Initiative • Cocoa & Forests Initiative • Colombia deforestation-free palm oil pledge • Governors’ Climate & Forest Task Force Certification systems • ex. RSPO, FSC, RA • ISEAL Alliance
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