Who we are

Through our consultancy services, we help companies put their sustainability commitments into action, both within and beyond their own supply chains. These cover issues like protecting and restoring forests and natural ecosystems, respecting workers’ rights, advancing gender equality, and engaging with communities and indigenous people.

We also facilitate pre-competitive collaboration with peer companies and other stakeholders like governments, civil society and communities.

Our donor-funded programmes allow us to work over a longer period of time to develop an environment where companies can implement more responsible production and sourcing practices.

We work with a host of different organisations to support landscape approaches and multi-stakeholder initiatives that build common goals, address systemic issues and deliver positive outcomes at scale. 

In 2020 we celebrated twenty years of Proforest. We used the opportunity to look back over the past two decades reflecting on our work and the people that made it possible. We shared these memories in reflective overview - Proforest at 20. We have also collated a timeline to some of these milestones below - just click on the arrow to expand on the date. 


Proforest is founded.


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


Annual Training Programme launched. Over 5,000 people trained since! 


Edition one of the High Conservation Value Toolkit released.


Proforest tasked to manage the central point of expertise on timber for the UK Government for the next 8 years. 


Proforest involved in the process to establish RSPO and building first iteration of its Principles and Criteria.


We established the HCV Network.


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


Our Kuala Lumpur office launched - and was already delivering RSPO Lead Auditor Training Courses.


The High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) Toolkit for Malaysia published by WWF-Malaysia.


Proforest Initiative – charity arm to work alongside consultancy services was formed.

Ghana office opens.


Brasilia office established.


The Africa Practitioners Network set up.


Smallholder Acceleration and REDD+ Programme (SHARP) – until 2019


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

Proforest's approach to training changes from being UK-based to a diversified regional training programme covering more than 50 modules over a range of sectors.


Cali office opens.

HCVN as independent.

A Practical Guide to Responsible Sourcing published.


Gender mainstreaming strategy – internal and external​

APOI launch


Supporting public consultation on the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) in Colombia and Peru.


Launch of a new guide to sustainable rubber.


Mexico Holistic Programme to support the sustainable development of the Mexican palm oil sector starts - companies incl. Oleopalma becomes first RSPO certified company in Mexico​.

Proforest provides technical coordination and support to the new established Palm Oil Collaboration Group and its working groups.


Launch of soy toolkit – first of others​

NDPE IRF launched

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


Launch of PF Academy​

HR Defenders guidance​

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