We specialise in bringing producers, NGOs and supply chain companies together to find responsible sourcing and production solutions.
We support action on-the-ground and at a strategic level, and work with agricultural commodities such as palm oil, soy, sugar and beef.
We have offices in Brasilia (Brazil) and Cali (Colombia) and decentralized staff in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Guadalajara and Mexico City (Mexico) supporting the wider region.
With our broad presence on the ground throughout Latin America, we bring an exceptional knowledge of how things work in the region. This expertise is critical to help brands and retailers understand the challenges within their supply chains, but also to support effective engagement at mill and farm level. Our work focuses on the production and sourcing of beef, soy and sugarcane across the region, but we also working on timber, cocoa and red seaweed.
By supporting policy development, we can help turn responsible sourcing commitments into actions. And, by working with companies in different positions of the supply chain, we can help them to identify the leverage points for positive change, engage partners with action plans, and monitor and report progress and performance.
Our focus has been on land use change and conservation. Since 2018, Proforest conducted six High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments across the region, primarily focused on smallholder production.
Our extensive experience in convening and facilitating discussions builds momentum for collective action.
By driving long-term programmes in partnership with other organisations and bringing together different stakeholders on a pre-competitive basis, we enable discussions that result in effective collaboration across sectors. For example, we played a key role in the development of GTPS (Brazil’s working group for sustainable cattle ranching) and its governance structure.
Some of our work is global or transboundary in nature, including initiatives focused on certification systems (such as the Round Table on Responsible Soy or RTRS), global initiatives (such as IDH Verified Sourcing Areas) and the implementation of global corporate policies in multiple countries.
Developing knowledge and capacity
We build capacity in different stakeholders to bridge gaps of knowledge and communication, deliver improved practices and develop tools, guidance and practices that can be adopted by producers, supply chain companies, governments and civil society organisations. We developed the Soy Toolkit, which brings guidance for demand-side companies to implement the different steps of responsible sourcing of soy.
We developed the Sustainability Engagement Platform, an online system to help companies identify and map their supply chain quickly and use returned data into valuable insights to prioritise engagement and streamline progress and compliance with their sustainability criteria.
In Colombia and Central America, we deliver practical training on using High Conservation Values-High Carbon Stock Approaches (HCV-HCS) and other technical tools to deliver on NDPE (No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation) commitments, as well as RSPO requirements – for lead assessors and producers. Recognising that a lack of access to certification systems can be a barrier for smallholders engaging with responsible sourcing markets, we have worked with RSPO to develop and deliver training for smallholder group managers for the RSPO Independent Smallholder Certification Framework.
See our work
La Caja de Herramientas para la Soja
Proforest developed the Soy Toolkit on behalf of the Good Growth Partnership with the aim to decouple soy production and trading from deforestation
Supporting Nestlé’s global implementation of Responsible Sourcing Guidelines for sugar
Proforest is now working with Nestlé, the world's largest food and nutrition company, to develop and implement their Responsible Sourcing Guidelines (RSGs) for sugar. The guidelines incorporate environmental and social criteria and complement Nestlé's 'Creating Shared Value' objectives. The first version of the RSGs has now been developed, and Proforest is currently commencing the process of working directly with Nestlé's suppliers to support them in the complementation of the RSGs.
Respeito aos direitos humanos na produção de cana-de-açúcar
Estamos trabalhando em colaboração com o Grupo Santos e Mars para melhorar as condições de saúde e segurança dos cortadores de cana da região de Huasteca no México. Este é um programa de três anos com objetivo de reduzir riscos...
Trabajando juntos por el aceite de palma sostenible en México
En México, Proforest está trabajando con PepsiCo, Nestlé, Oleopalma (una empresa productora de aceite de palma) y Femexpalma (la Federación Mexicana de Productores de Palma de Aceite) en una colaboración del sector preocupada por...
Apoyo a los pequeños productores y los ingenios azucareros para lograr la certificación de Bonsucro en México
En México, Proforest trabaja con PepsiCo, Bonsucro, Peterson y el Grupo Azucarero México (GAM), para fomentar la colaboración en materia de caña de azúcar sostenible. GAM es una empresa productora de azúcar de gran tamaño, que...