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Proforest has worked with over 120 different NGOs, companies and governments in more than 40 countries around the world over the past 15 years.
  • Helping smallholders and mills recognise high conservation values

    Shell | 2014

    In Krabi, Trang and Suratthani provinces of southern Thailand, thousands of smallholders supply palm oil to Shell via Patum Veg, which itself sources from nine mills owned by six companies. As part of…

  • Supporting sustainable palm oil production


    Our aim is to enable companies, governments and civil society to work together to improve standards of palm oil production and meet the expectations of global markets. Actors from all sides need to un…

  • Supporting better governance in the Brazilian Cattle Sector

    Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Farmers Support Programme | 2013—ongoing

    Since 2012, Proforest has been working with partners and stakeholders in Brazil to develop a common vision of sustainability in the cattle value chain. In particular, we have worked closely with the B…

  • Supporting implementation of Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Guidelines

    Nestlé | 2011—ongoing

    In 2011 Proforest began work on the definition of Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Guidelines (RSGs) for sugar, which set out the minimum social and environmental performance requirements for both sugarc…

  • Learning by doing

    DFID | 2014—ongoing

    Governments, companies and NGOs all need local experts with specialist skills to help them meet international standards for responsible production. Through our Africa Regional Office, Proforest and th…

  • Fostering collaboration between forestry initiatives

    DFID | 2012—ongoing

    In the case of Cameroon, these initiatives include Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+); Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT); and public–private initiatives that aim …

  • Implementing Unilever's Palm Oil Assurance Programme

    Unilever | 2013—ongoing

    The programme of work is focusing on supply chain mapping and traceability assessments, as well as risk assessments, including spatial analysis and mapping, and sustainability compliance assessments. …

  • Responsible sourcing for sustainable livelihoods

    Norad, DFID | 2013—ongoing

    Smallholders supply a large proportion of many agricultural commodities and many rely on these global markets for their livelihoods. As companies strive to source palm oil, soy, sugar and other commod…

  • Facilitating a public–private initiative

    TFA 2020 | 2014—ongoing

    Momentum is building internationally to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the production of agricultural commodities like palm oil, soy, beef, and pulp and paper. Together these are estima…

  • Supporting implementation of Olam's Supplier Code

    Olam | 2012—ongoing

    The Code relates to the responsible sourcing of commodities as diverse as palm oil, hazlenuts, coffee and cereals. Initial implementation support is focusing on palm oil and rubber.

  • Assuring the quality of conservation assessments

    HCV Resource Network | 2013—ongoing

    The HCV approach has been widely incorporated into initiatives supporting the responsible production of forest products, palm oil, soy and sugar. More than nine sustainability certification schemes, 5…

  • HCV assessment for Olam International

    Olam Palm Gabon | 2010—2011

    Proforest carried out an assessment of 3 concessions totalling 52,000 ha in Gabon for Olam Palm, with the technical support of local experts from Terea. On the basis of our pre-assessment one of the 3…

  • Technical support to Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

    RSPO | 2003—2014

    Proforest has provided technical support to the RSPO since its inception, and over the years we have developed a close relationship with the organisation and with a variety of actors along the palm oi…

  • Supporting Tetra Pak's wood fibre sourcing

    Tetra Pak | 2004—ongoing

    Since 2004, Proforest has provided a range of services to Tetra Pak. These include a review of Tetra Pak’s sourcing policy for wood fibres, benchmarking studies between different certification schemes…

  • Capacity building on forest certification in Africa

    Multiple clients and partners | 2002—ongoing

    Sustainable management of these forests is vital and Proforest has been providing training to forest managers, government officials and NGOs on African forest management certification for many years. …

  • Supporting RSPO National Interpretations

    Multiple partners | 2013—ongoing

    Countries have different legal requirements, such as minimum wages for workers, protected species legislation, and different social or cultural norms. To make sure the standards are appropriate, a nat…

  • Supporting AAK's Sustainable Palm Oil policy

    AAK | 2014—ongoing

    Proforest are providing support to AAK in the development and implementation of sustainable palm oil policy commitments. Implementation involves three main elements: validation of traceability, risk a…

  • Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) support

    RTRS | 2007—2012

    Over a four-year period, Proforest provided technical support to the Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS), facilitating a multi-stakeholder process to develop RTRS standards for both responsible soy …

  • Helping retailers and importers meet the EU Timber Regulation

    multiple clients | 2012—ongoing

    This EU-wide regulation sets out procedures that companies importing and trading timber or wood products within the EU must put into place to minimise the risk of illegal timber being sold. The le…

  • Certification system support for Bonsucro

    Bonsucro | 2011—2012

    Bonsucro approached Proforest for support in consolidating and enhancing a number of components of the certification scheme, and providing a technical backstopping function to the Bonsucro Secretariat…

  • Supporting Royal Horticultural Society's Timber Products Policy

    Royal Horticultural Society Enterprises | 2002—ongoing

    Since 2002, Proforest has been carrying out pre-show reviews of documentary evidence of compliance with the policy provided by potential exhibitors. Subsequently, we also carry out exhibitor audits at…

  • Implementation of General Mills' Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Policy

    General Mills | 2013—ongoing

    We are partnering with General Mills to trace the company’s palm oil supply chain, identify sustainability risks, and ensure responsible sourcing. Proforest have conducted traceability mapping of the …

  • UK Government's Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET)

    UK Government (Defra) | 2004—2012

    From 2004 until 2012, Proforest ran the UK Government's Central Point of Expertise for Timber Procurement (CPET), offering direct, practical support and training to public sector buyers and their supp…

  • Technical support to EU FLEGT initiative

    With EC, EFI and Partner Countries | 2005—ongoing

    Proforest has been at the forefront of developing FLEGT policies and assessing VPA components. We have developed guidance, provided technical support and training for the EU, partner country governmen…

  • The RSPO Africa Roadshow

    With various partners | 2012—2013

    The RSPO Africa Roadshow aimed to significantly increase the level of understanding of the requirements of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) among key stakeholders, including government in…

  • Responsible timber sourcing with John Lewis Partnership

    John Lewis Partnership | 2002—2012

    Proforest worked with John Lewis Partnership to develop and implement its sourcing policy and programme for timber products. Over many years we provided regular support to the purchasing department, w…

  • REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards

    Care International and CCBA | 2009—ongoing

    Recognizing the growing awareness at both international and national levels of the need for effective social and environmental safeguards, the REDD+ Social & Environmental Standards Initiative (RE…