Sustainability Initiatives Support ProgrammeProforest facilitates the development and implementation of standards and sustainability initiatives for the management of natural resources – including timber, palm oil, soy and cotton – as well as safeguards, such as those related to REDD+.
We work with certification, accreditation and chain-of-custody schemes and multi-stakeholder initiatives, to develop robust and practical schemes. We have many years of experience in facilitating participatory processes and distilling diverse views into workable sustainability standards, policies and procedures.
Proforest supports key activities in the development of sustainability initiatives, including organising and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes, defining governance arrangements, incorporating supply chain requirements, and working with schemes to scale up their impacts. The needs of small-scale producers, which are often overlooked, are an integral part of our concern.
The development of social and environmental safeguards, especially those related to REDD+ processes, forms a growing part of our work. We are able to help initiatives to benchmark other safeguards and support learning and exchange workshops to promote dialogue within and between safeguard schemes.
We have worked with many of the leading multi-stakeholder standards initiatives around the world related to palm oil, sugar, soy, cotton, cattle, forests, biodiversity management and climate change. These include the Roundtable for Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Bonsucro (the Better Sugarcane Initiative), ISEAL Alliance (global association for environmental and social standards), and many more.
Through our Consultancy Services, Proforest also develops bespoke standards and purchasing policies for individual companies, which to date include food retailers, traders, biofuel processors and supermarkets. Where appropriate, we also provide specialist advice to government authorities developing legislation in support of responsible production, to ensure it is practical and equitable.