Release of OECD-FAO Business Handbook on Deforestation and Due Diligence in Agricultural Supply Chains
The OECD-FAO Business Handbook on Deforestation and Due Diligence in Agricultural Supply Chains was developed by OECD and FAO to help companies embed considerations on deforestation and forest degradation into their corporate due diligence procedures. The handbook builds on the leading international, government-backed standards on supply chain due diligence and responsible business conduct: the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct and the associated due diligence framework set out in the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct. While this Handbook focuses only on forests, the due diligence steps it describes are also applicable to the conversion of other natural ecosystems. The Handbook can also be a resource for financial institutions as they assess and evaluate potential business partners’ policies and activities relevant to due diligence expectations and potential deforestation.
The Handbook has been developed by OECD and FAO and a Multi-Stakeholder Expert Working Group comprised of stakeholders from business, government, civil society, academia and others. An informal public consultation in summer 2022 provided additional feedback to the handbook.
The Handbook was funded by Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).