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Accountability Framework initiative (AFi)

Related: Agriculture and Food Systems, Environment and Natural Resources

The Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) is a collaborative effort by a group of international NGOs to develop a common set of norms and guidelines for companies and other stakeholders working to eliminate ecosystem destruction and human exploitation from commodity supply chains. These norms are being developed by a coalition of respected conservation and human rights NGOs from around the world, in close consultation with private sector representatives, to establish a harmonized global reference that is applicable across commodities and regions.

The Steering Group of the Accountability Framework Initiative is comprised of representatives from each of the participating NGOs who meet on a regular basis. Meridian convenes and facilitates these meetings. Alongside staff from Rainforest Alliance (RA), Meridian is a member of the “backbone team” which provides administrative, logistical, facilitation and strategy-level support for the AFi. Additionally, Meridian tracks and supports the Drafting Groups, which the Steering Group has tasked with developing operational guidance to accompany the more general level core document of the Accountability Framework. The Operational Guidance will go into greater detail than the Core Principles document, providing concrete guidance on how to implement and measure sustainable supply chains.

Meridian has also led a series of consultations with consumer goods companies on the AFi core framework document and will continue to participate in structuring further consultations on the operational guidance. Meridian is working to socialize the Accountability Framework beyond the members of the Steering Group.
The team members supporting the Accountability Framework Initiative are Tim Mealey, John Ehrmann, Isabella Soparkar, and Liz Duxbury.

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