Proforest is a unique, non-profit group. We support companies, governments, civil society and other organisations to work towards the responsible production and sourcing of agricultural and forest commodities.
At Proforest we’re passionate about helping people produce and source agricultural and forest commodities responsibly. That’s why we support companies throughout supply chains to have positive social and environmental outcomes in the places where commodities are produced.
We help companies take action on responsible production and sourcing, both within and beyond their supply chains. Find out how.
We facilitate collaborations between companies, government, civil society and communities to achieve positive environmental and social outcomes. Find out how.
We build knowledge and capacity for responsible production and sourcing of agricultural commodities. Find out how.
Our work supports agricultural commodity production and sourcing that can deliver positive social and environmental outcomes. This means working with producers and supply chains to have positive impacts for the people and places where commodities are produced.
We work in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, as well as internationally. Our regional and global team combines local expertise and a global network.
All members of the group voluntarily sign up to a commitment to re-invest any profit to continue the work of the group to advance our shared mission
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1 October 2016
A growing number of retailers, manufacturers, processors and traders have made commitments to responsible sourcing of agricultural commodities. As a result, farmers and producers are increasingly being asked to demonstrate that they have good social and environmental practices in place.
However, for small producers who lack human and financial resources - and often face additional challenges relating to land tenure, access to information and effective institutions for collaboration - may struggle to meet responsible buying standards. This can also affect livelihoods in smallholder communities.
As a result, there is a growing risk that many smallholders will be excluded from sustainable international supply chains. This flyer looks at the Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS) framework, a toolkit developed by the SHARP partnership to address these challenges and help companies engage with smallholders in their supply base.
Download: What is RSS? A leaflet
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Download: O que é o RSS? Um panfleto