The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. With headquarters in New York City, and offices worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers.
Together, a steering group of environmental and social NGOs (including WWF, WRI, TNC, NWF, Greenpeace, Rights & Resources Institute, Imaflora, Proforest and Forest Peoples Programme), has recently convened the Accountability Framework initiative (AFi), which aims to accelerate progress towards fulfilling ethical supply chain commitments to eliminate deforestation and human exploitation from tropical agriculture and forestry supply chains. These commitments focus on commodities that are major drivers of deforestation – in particular, palm oil, soy, cattle, and pulp and timber. Through a consensus-building process among NGOs, with strong input from the private sector, policymakers, and other stakeholders, AFi is working to develop and mainstream clearer and more credible good-practice norms for supply chain accountability. These tools will help companies implement, monitor and verify progress against their ethical sourcing commitments. They will also help civil society be more effective in holding companies accountable to the pledges they have made. For more information, please visit http://accountability-framework.org.