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Responsible production and sourcing

Proforest helps people at all stages of the supply chain – from production to retail – to produce and source a range of agricultural commodities and forest products responsibly.

We can help you to understand and implement the requirements of a range of sustainability standards. These include international voluntary standards, as well as regulatory requirements for agricultural commodities and forest products.

We can also help you develop and implement your individual company policies or sector standards, and strengthen your sourcing across your supply chains, or at specific, critical points.

What do we do?

We work in three main areas:

  • Policies and systems to ensure your production, sourcing and purchasing meet best practices. We can help you develop policies and systems that define what is acceptable practice, what standards your company adheres to, and how you will put them into practice.
  • Supply chain mapping and risk analysis to identify where your raw materials come from and evaluate whether your suppliers meet your requirements for responsible production practices. We can then help you assess and reduce your risks.
  • Implementation and training to help your staff, producers and suppliers put your policies into practice throughout your production and supply chain. We provide bespoke training courses tailored to the needs of individual companies and organisations, as well as public training courses through our International Training Programme.

How do we work?

We tailor our services to your needs. Often, the first step is to carry out a baseline assessment to see how well your current practices match up to your own sourcing policies or the requirements of sustainability standards. We’ll identify the gaps between your practices and what the standard requires, and explain these to your management and staff.

Then we can help you develop an action plan to improve any areas where you don’t meet the standard. We can provide training courses tailored to your needs, or wider capacity building to help you develop the systems you need to meet the standard now and keep meeting it in the future.

Who do we work with?

We work with growers, producers and buyers at all scales, from smallholders and associations to large multinational companies, helping people at all levels of production and sourcing. For more than a decade we have worked with many of the world’s leading companies, to help them implement their responsible sourcing programmes.

We also provide the secretariat for the SHARP Programme, which is specifically designed to help smallholders produce agricultural commodities responsibly and gain access to markets for their products.

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Our practical step-by-step guide to responsible sourcing.