Who we are

Travel back and see how Proforest first started. Our timeline below highlights some of our milestones and achievements since we began. Don't forget you can also keep up to date with Proforest's work by following us on twitter and LinkedIn


Travel returns with Proforest learning journeys on beef, soy, sugar and palm and global gatherings on Landscapes and Responsible Sourcing. Read more stories on Exposure


Launch of Proforest Academy, our online learning platform with free introductory courses, thematic deep-dives and certified training across our work in responsible sourcing and production.


The Soy Tookit, the first of our Responsible Toolkits, is launched, a practical resource to support companies in the responsible sourcing of soy. 

Proforest celebrates 20 years with a look back over the last two decades progress and the people who made it.


Proforest starts working with the newly established Palm Oil Collaboration Group, providing technical coordination and support to its working groups.


Proforest publishes Supporting companies to work at a landscape scale, part of a series on production landscapes, kicking off an increasing area of our work to address systemic issues at scale. 


Proforest's gender mainstreaming strategy is shared internally and externally as a foundation of our work in social and environmental issues, cutting across responsible sourcing and production, collaboration, MSI and landscape initiatives, and capacity building and training. 


The Marrakesh Declaration for the Sustainable Development of Palm Oil is signed at CoP22, founding principles for the Africa Palm Oil Initiative, part of the Tropical Forest Alliance, which brings together governments from ten countries in West and Central Africa with the private sector, traditional leaders, local communities and indigenous peoples. 


Proforest strengthens its presence in Latin America with our office in Cali, Colombia. 

A Practical Guide to Responsible Sourcing is published, one of many Proforest publications written to share knowledge and guidance with the industry. 


Proforest and the EU REDD Facility publish briefings on FLEGT & REDD+ as innovative approaches to forest governance. 


Proforest serves as the global secretariat for the Smallholder Acceleration and REDD+ Programme (SHARP) partnership from 2013 to 2019, supporting smallholders globally to produce commodity crops sustainably.


Proforest's office in Ghana opens as we set up The Africa Practitioners Network to build the capacity of African organisations and individuals to implement sustainable practices.


Proforest Brazil is established, building on work with the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock (GTPS). 


Proforest Initiative is formed to enable long-term grant-funded programmes alongside consultancy services, a combination that is fundamental to the way we work and the value we can bring to all parties. 


Guidance on effective ways to work with Chinese officials and suppliers on issues related to illegal logging and responsible sourcing is released.


With the oil palm sector's increasing dominance in Southeast Asia, Proforest strengthens its presence in the region with a new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 


Facilitated the original process of developing the RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) and subsequent revision processes.


The High Conservation Values Network (HCVN) emerges from our multi-stakeholder work, incubated within Proforest until 2015.


Proforest is involved in the process to establish the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), including the first iteration of its Principles and Criteria.


Proforest is asked to manage the Central Point of Expertise (CPET) on Timber for the UK Government for the next eight years. 


Supporting the newly established FLEGT  (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) we work with UK government, the EU and producer countries.

Edition one of the High Conservation Value Toolkit is released.


Our Annual Training Programme launches a long-term commitment to training and capacity building globally. 


Proforest contributes to the Migros Criteria for environmental and social best practices for oil palm plantations, a first for the industry. 


Proforest is founded and our work begins.

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