OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains

OECD and FAO have developed this Guidance to help enterprises observe standards of responsible business conduct and undertake due diligence along agricultural supply chains in order to ensure that their operations contribute to sustainable development. The Guidance comprises: • 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.

Published on October 14, 2016Also available in: Arabic, German, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese

Key information

The agricultural sector comprises more than 570 million farms in the world and this should attract further investment as it expands to meet increasing demand.
The demand for both food and nonfood agricultural products is increasing, driven by growing populations, higher incomes, and changing diets.
A pilot project with 30 leading enterprises is underway to kick-start the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains.