Background and Process

In their December 2015, Unilever and Marks & Spencer, co-chairs of the Consumer Goods Forum, outlined their individual intent as companies to prioritize commodity sourcing from areas that have designed and are implementing jurisdictional forest and climate initiatives. Since this time, a group of individuals from governments, companies, civil society and international organizations[1] has come together to assist these companies and others in operationalizing the commodities/jurisdictions approach.

Through three working groups, these experts have developed:

  • A set of questions to help operationalize the criteria established by the companies;
  • A process to assess the consistency of jurisdictional programs, and related standards, against the criteria and questions;
  • A database to organize information on jurisdictional programs;
  • This website;
  • A communications strategy.

A group of volunteer experts has completed an assessment  of two global standards for jurisdictional forest and climate programs:

  • The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s Carbon Fund Methodological Framework
  • The Verified Carbon Standard’s Jurisdictional and Nested REDD framework (Scenarios 2 and 3)

The results of this initial assessment can be found here. Following lessons learned through the application of these criteria and questions to assess the two global standards, further refinements have been made and will be applied to the assessments of individual jurisdictional programs.

Interested experts are welcome to join the group working to support the operationalization of this approach to bring together commodity sourcing and successful forest protection efforts. Please contact us for additional information.

[1]Experts participate in their individual capacity, and are drawn from organizations including Cargill, CDP, Climate Advisers, Climate Community & Biodiversity Alliance,  Colombia, Conservation International, Consumer Goods Forum, Earth Innovation Institute, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, IDH Sustainable Trade, Indonesia, International Finance Corporation,  Germany, ISEAL Alliance, Liberia, Marks & Spencer, McDonalds, Meridian Institute, Michigan State University, Mondelez, Norway, Olam, Peru, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Proforest,  Tropical Forest Alliance 2020,  Unilever, United Kingdom, United Nations Environment Program, United States, Verra, World Wildlife Fund