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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27 March 2023
Duration of course: 2 hours.
"Our company produces quality products and services competitively - that creates jobs and supports the local economy; so that's already positive. Why should we do more?"
"Aren't human rights something the government is responsible for protecting?"
"We have some great corporate social responsibility initiatives with local communities already - isn't this enough?"
This course is designed to help you answer these questions and learn about why addressing human rights issues is good for business; in particular for businesses that grow, process or trade agricultural and forest products.
It introduces the learner to the concept of securing long-term business success through enhanced social sustainability in their operations and supply chains.
This course is designed for those who have a professional interest in sustainability issues in agricultural commodities production in tropical countries.
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By the end of this course you will be able to:
1) Explain what responsible business is
2) Give examples of why responsible business is good for companies
3) Describe how a company can identify human rights issues and prioritise them
4) Give examples of how a company can take action to address human rights and social issues
5) Describe what is meant by stakeholder engagement and why it is important
6) List the qualities that make a good grievance or complaints mechanism
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