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Supporting multistakeholder initiatives

Proforest provides technical support and advice to multistakeholder initiatives, helping them develop practical mechanisms for promoting the responsible production and sourcing of agricultural commodities and forest products.

We work with many partners to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders, from national governments and global corporations to civil society organisations, small companies and associations.

What do we do?

Demand is rapidly expanding for responsibly produced natural resources and agricultural commodities, so organisations worldwide need to come together and agree what ‘responsible’ means and how to achieve it.

Any process in which a variety of organisations are involved typically brings together people from different backgrounds with divergent and sometimes conflicting opinions. We facilitate processes and working groups and give technical inputs to bring these diverse views together into practical outcomes.

For example:

  • Over the past 15 years, we have helped the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS), Bonsucro, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) and many other initiatives to develop international guidelines, standards and systems, and to interpret these for national conditions.
  • We facilitate working groups to develop national interpretations of High Conservation Values (HCV) in many countries including Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and Liberia.
  • We support public–private–civil society initiatives like the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, which combines policy, market and communications activities to reduce the deforestation associated with the production and sourcing of commodities.

Who do we work with?

We support partners and clients who span the spectrum of government, private sector and civil society. We work with large multinational companies as well as small companies; government departments and ministries; sustainability initiatives and public–private alliances.