We do this by:
Implementing responsible production and sourcing
We work with companies, largely in the palm oil and forest sectors, to identify, manage and monitor HCVs. This includes:
- carrying out assessments to identify HCVs in proposed and existing agricultural or forestry developments in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
- auditing companies’ wood and pulp supply chains to make sure that HCVs in their forests of origin are well managed and monitored.
- developing and field testing guidelines for smallholders to implement the HCV approach.
We help to develop capacity among a range of stakeholders in the HCV approach. Our work includes:
- developing guides and toolkits like the HCV Forest Toolkit, which has been widely adopted by companies, auditors and stakeholders.
- providing HCV training to government officials and other stakeholders.
- delivering training courses on HCVs for palm oil producers and RSPO auditors through our RSPO-endorsed training courses.
Supporting multistakeholder initiatives
We support a number of multistakeholder initiatives related to HCV. For example we:
- facilitate working groups to develop national HCV interpretations in many countries including Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and Liberia.
- work with the HCV Resource Network to develop the manuals and guidelines.
- provide advice to sustainability initiatives, such as RSPO and FSC, on technical aspects of HCV.
Proforest is a member of the HCV Resource Network.