In order to deliver socially and environmentally responsible sourcing commitments, companies need to understand where the commodities they buy are produced. This is often complex, as there may be many different stages between farmers and the direct supplier.

Our responsible sourcing consultancy

Proforest supports companies through this journey within its ACRES framework: Agricultural Commodity Responsible Production and Sourcing, guiding companies through five steps:

  • Strategy and policy
  • Understand the supply base
  • Plan interventions
  • Engage within and beyond supply chains
  • Monitor and report

Using this approach, we then help companies to plan the most effective ways to drive change and reward good practice.

We encourage companies to take action both within and beyond their own supply chains. Within their supply chains, they can act both individually and in collaboration with other supply chain companies to engage suppliers and address issues. Beyond their supply chain they can support landscape or sector initiatives in production origins.

We also help companies to increase transparency and accountability by monitoring and reporting on the progress of their suppliers and the production landscapes they source from.

View our services by clicking the steps in the diagram below: 

Responsible sourcing & production

  • Strategy and policy

    Strategy and policy

    • Setting company responsible sourcing strategy
    • Developing and updating company policies
  • Understand the supply base

    Understand the supply base

    • Supply chain mapping and traceability
    • Social and environmental risk assessment and prioritisation
  • Plan interventions

    Plan interventions

    • Developing timebound implementation plans and commodity roadmaps
  • Engage within and beyond supply chains

    Engage within and beyond supply chains

    • Supplier performance assessment, prioritisation and engagement
    • Advice and support on certification
    • Support for landscape engagement and upstream projects
    • Sectoral engagement
  • Monitoring and reporting

    Monitoring and reporting

    • Support with monitoring systems and KPIs
    • External progress reporting

We have applied the five element approach of ACRES to a suite of commodity toolkits 

  • ISF
    ISF
  • Nisshin Oillio
    Nisshin Oillio
  • Ghana Rubber Estates Limited (GREL)
    Ghana Rubber Estates Limited (GREL)
  • Sudcam and Hevecam (Corrie MacColl)
    Sudcam and Hevecam (Corrie MacColl)
  • Okomu Oil Palm Plantation (SOCFIN)
    Okomu Oil Palm Plantation (SOCFIN)
  • McDonald’s
    McDonald’s
  • Mars
    Mars
  • Viterra (formerly Glencore)
    Viterra (formerly Glencore)
  • Danone
    Danone
  • Nestlé
    Nestlé
  • Unilever
    Unilever
  • Apical
    Apical
  • Musim Mas
    Musim Mas
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