Note: The origins of the Commodities/Jurisdictions Approach dates back to 2015 when companies came together to signal their intent to prioritize commodity sourcing from jurisdictions that are taking solid steps to address deforestation.
Co-chairs of The Consumer Goods Forum (Marks & Spencer and Unilever) joined a group of seven consumer goods companies in declaring their intention to prioritize commodity sourcing from areas practicing sustainable agricultural production, forest protection and protection of livelihoods, at Forests Day in the context of COP21 Climate negotiations in Paris. This signal from companies represents a significant step in the work to eliminate deforestation from commodity supply chains.
The proposed approach to sourcing requires a change in paradigm of rural development that allows commodity production and forest protection. This model also requires multi-stakeholder collaboration meaning that all parties (companies, donor governments, and financial institutions) will need to come together to jurisdictions (mainly national or subnational governments) in developing and implementing landscape-level plans and policies to reduce deforestation while improving sustainable production, putting smallholders and communities at the heart of the agenda.