The aim of the Commodities & Jurisdictions Approach (CJA) is very simple – to link ambitious jurisdictional forest and climate programs with companies who want to reduce deforestation and associated risks in their commodity supply chains.


For companies, collaborating with and/or supporting these programs (e.g., via doing additional business, sourcing commodities preferentially from these areas) will contribute to meeting their sustainability commitments.

For jurisdictions, increased commodity sourcing and investment by companies can provide additional incentives for jurisdictional programs, complementing other sources of funding to achieve success.

Photo credit: Lightscape on Unsplash
Photo credit: Lightscape on Unsplash

What does CJA do?

1 Identifies

Identifies jurisdictions reducing deforestation through assessments.

2 Showcases

Showcases participating jurisdictions & links them with companies.

3 Catalyzes

Catalyzes preferential commodity sourcing and investments in jurisdictions & boosts companies' low-risk business.

What companies do:

(purchasers, investors, financial institutions)

1 Identify

  • Sourcing needs and gaps to meet sustainability commitments.
  • Procurement risks in existing sourcing jurisdicitions.

2 Engage

  • Participate in match-making sessions that aim to seed procurement agreements and other public-private investments.

3 Support Jurisdictions by

  • Committing to doing business in approved jurisdictions through new, increased, long-term procurement contracts;
  • Advocating the success of the jurisdictional program via public messaging;
  • Aligning sustainability efforts with
    jurisdictional program (e.g., activities); or
  • Requiring suppliers or brands to align with the CJA and jurisdictional program.

What jurisdictions do:

(governments, producers, civil society, communities)

1 join

  • Opt-in to voluntary CJA inclusion via a signed letter of interest.
  • Share relevant documentation and jurisdictional data on commodities.

2 Engage

  • Participate in match-making sessions that aim to seed procurement agreements and other public-private investments.

3 implement

  • Successfully implement ambitious jurisdictional program.
  • Maintain deforestation levels beneath
    defined baseline.
  • Periodically share optional information on milestones, policies, or updated data relevant to program.
  • Collaborate with companies to bring best type of support to program area.

What are the benefits of CJA?

For Companies:

(purchasers, investors, financial institutions)

  • Better ensure long-term prices and market access for specific deforestation-free commodities. 
  • Reduce forest loss and governance-related risks by supporting programs that respect social and environmental safeguards, have strong stakeholder participation and transparent forest monitoring and reporting. 
  • Send a public signal about company commitment to source from jurisdictions with improved business environments and reduced deforestation risks. 
  • Communicate an additional layer of corporate responsibility in supporting jurisdictional-scale sustainability initiatives. 
  • Associate with government leadership to address deforestation and sustainability at scale. 
  • Leverage investments made by other partners (governments, multilateral, NGOs, etc.)

For Jurisdictions:

(governments, producers, civil society, communities)

  • Raise the profile of the jurisdictional program to the responsible commodities community to grow support for the program’s implementation. 
  • Be highlighted in company-facing webinars and virtual meetings. 
  • Be profiled in 1-1 matchmaking sessions aimed at seeding procurement agreements and /or other public-private partnerships and investments. 
  • Be featured in discussions with companies with relevant supply chains about how doing more business in the jurisdictional program area can help to address their sustainability goals. 
  • An opportunity to reassure investors and buyers that the sustainability of production in the jurisdiction is improving. 

What do we mean by:


Geographic areas typically within government administrative boundaries (e.g., country, state, province, region). There could be exceptions where a jurisdiction follows environmental (e.g. ecosystems, watershed) boundaries. In either case there is a form of strong government involvement.


Jurisdictional Programs:

Ambitious national or subnational-scale programs that are led by governments to reduce deforestation at scale and associated carbon emissions while also maintaining important social and environmental safeguards. Jurisdictional initiatives should create sustainable livelihood opportunities, have a clear plan or strategy for implementation, be designed in a participatory manner that considers input from different stakeholders, and use monitoring systems to assess performance against a baseline. 



Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation. A results-based mechanism that emerged under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to compensate developing countries for their efforts to tackle forest loss and ensure long-term protection of forest areas.


Preferential Sourcing:

Refers to increasing or extending the business companies do in a jurisdiction, most likely in sourcing volumes of agricultural commodities.

The CJA originated in 2015, inspired by a commitment by two leading companies and subsequently backed by a multi-stakeholder consortium to generalize for more companies’ uptake.