Facilitating trust and understanding to support partner countries’ efforts towards sustainable commodity production and trade
Over the last decade, a growing awareness of the climate change impacts of deforestation has led countries and companies to commit to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. An increasing number of companies are also anticipating emerging market requirements for deforestation-free products in the EU and other markets.
Transparency and traceability are key ingredients to enable deforestation-free and sustainable production of agricultural commodities. To achieve this, a shared commitment from all concerned parties is needed.
Cocoa sector stakeholders in Ecuador and Colombia have developed a shared vision for enhancing transparency and traceability. In Ecuador, the Facility supported a multistakeholder dialogue leading to the development of a proposal for a cocoa sector transparency and traceability system and implementation roadmap. There is strong ownership of this process, including from private sector representatives.
We facilitated a similar process in Colombia, to ensure the development of a cocoa sector traceability and transparency system is continued as part of the national zero-deforestation commodity dialogues.
Through technical backstopping to the EU Cocoa Talks and national-level cocoa dialogues in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the Facility supported increased understanding of cocoa sector stakeholders on issues related to traceability, transparency and accountability regarding deforestation and sustainability.
We consolidated the lessons learnt from our work on palm oil in Indonesia, cocoa in West Africa and Latin America, and Brazilian soy into an innovative approach, the ‘Transparency Pathway’.
This tested method assists commodity-producing countries’ transition towards legal, deforestation-free and sustainable production and trade. It demonstrates the importance of a stakeholder engagement process to build trust and shared understanding among trade partners and improve the sustainability, governance and reputation of a sector or supply chain.