Principes directeurs pour les entreprises multinationales

OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains


Helping enterprises build responsible agricultural supply chains

Enterprises involved in agricultural supply chains can create employment, raise labour standards and bring the technology to increase agricultural production or reduce pollution.

But their activities can also contribute to food insecurity by leading to the eviction of local communities from their lands. Child labour and abuses of migrant workers and women are regularly reported. The production of some agricultural commodities leads to soil degradation, water resource depletion and deforestation.

The OECD and the UN FAO have developed guidance to help enterprises observe standards of responsible business conduct to ensure that their operations do not lead to adverse impacts and contribute to sustainable development.

The OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains proposes:

  • A model enterprise policy outlining the standards that enterprises should observe to build responsible agricultural supply chains;
  • A framework for risk-based due diligence describing the five steps that enterprises should follow to identify, assess, mitigate and account for how they address the adverse impacts of their activities;
  • A description of the major risks faced by enterprises and the measures to mitigate these risks;
  • Guidance for engaging with indigenous peoples.

The guidance is implemented in partnership with the FAO, including through: a pilot project to enable enterprises to road-test it and share best practices; the development of easy-to-use guides; and the organisation of webinars to build the capacities of the various stakeholders involved in agricultural supply chains.


27-30 October 2015: Sustainability by enterprises | Article

18-19 June 2015: Due diligence along agricultural supply chains

10 June 2015: Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case | White Paper

2-3 Dec. 2014: Does responsible business conduct matter? | Presentation

26 June 2014: RBC along agricultural supply chains



To lead this work, a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group was established in October 2013.

In addition, a public consultation on the draft guidance was held during January and February 2015.



OECD Guide‌lines for Multinational Enterprises

FAO work on responsible investment

Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture

OECD work on international investment

OECD work on agriculture

Tenure and governance in agricultural and forestry supply chains: Undertaking risk-based due diligence - Global Landscapes Forum


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