Pilot project launched on the OECD-FAO Guidance

We are pleased to announce that Kumi has been commissioned to coordinate a pilot project on the implementation of the OECD-FAO Guidance on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains.

As covered on a previous blog post, the OECD and FAO published their Guidance on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains in March 2016. The OECD-FAO Guidance, which sets out a thorough due diligence process for companies in agricultural supply chains, has since received widespread government endorsement, including by the G7 Agriculture Ministers. It covers a wide range of issues relevant to agricultural supply chains, including human rights, food security and nutrition, labour and working conditions and environmental degradation. 

Benefits of the pilot project

The OECD and FAO are now launching a project to pilot the practical application of the Guidance. This will provide companies with an opportunity to evaluate their own practices against the OECD-FAO Guidance recommendations and identify opportunities to strengthen supply chain due diligence and responsible sourcing.

By joining this initiative, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their experiences and leadership in implementing the OECD-FAO Guidance recommendations and improving the sustainability of their operations and supply chains. They can discuss successes and challenges with peer companies and ‘road test’ their approach to addressing critical social and environmental impacts.

Companies will also be able to strengthen their capacity to manage uncertainty related to potential upcoming regulation for the agricultural sector, while providing input into policy-making and the definition of good industry practice at OECD and FAO. Throughout the pilot, participants will have access to the responsible sourcing expertise of the OECD, FAO and Kumi, and will have the opportunity to engage with multi stakeholder networks at the OECD and FAO to advance their own responsible supply chain efforts.

Who is participating

We have already received strong interest in participating from many companies, ranging from multinational FMCG companies through to smaller producers, as well as financial enterprises and industry programmes.

We encourage companies and other entities operating in the agricultural sector to participate, including:

  • On-farm enterprises, cooperatives, aggregators, distributors, producers, and retailers;
  • Commodity traders and investors, including funds investing in land or agricultural companies;
  • Roundtables, certification programs and other industry or multi-stakeholder initiatives; and
  • Industry associations that wish to promote or help member companies.

There is no fee for participation. Companies will be asked to complete two surveys and participate in 2-3 multi-stakeholder meetings in Paris and Rome over the course of around 24 months. There will also be a series of peer learning webinars to discuss specific issues and challenges faced by pilot companies.

Sign up to participate in the pilot project

For more information on upcoming activities, objectives and the benefits of participating in the pilot click here

If you are interested in participating in the pilot project and would like to learn more about the OECD-FAO Guidance, do not hesitate to get in touch.