This Guidance emerges from four 2019 workshops in which dozens of TFA partners explored how companies can best engage in landscape-level initiatives. The answer draws on the collective experience and expertise of NGOs working to scale responsible commodity production. WWF and Proforest led the drafting of this Guidance as part of TFA’s Jurisdictional Exchange Network, and gained valuable perspectives and insights from Conservation International, Earth Innovation Institute, Governors’ Climate & Forest Task Force, Sustainable Districts Association Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari, and the World Cocoa Foundation. Meridian Institute contributed expert design and facilitation support for the workshops, and Consensus Building Institute provided superb drafting and editing assistance.

TFA, WWF and Proforest are grateful to the many partner companies and others who attended the 2019 workshops and who volunteered their ideas, which form the basis for this Guidance:

Aidenvironment, AIPH (Inter-professional Association of Oil Palm Industry), APP, APRIL, Asian Agri, Barry Callebaut, BDEAC (Development Bank of Central African States), Blommer, BOPP, Bunge, Cargill, CDP, Climate Focus, Chocolat Halba, Cocoanect, COFCO, Control Union Certifications, Daemeter, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ecom, Edo State Forestry, Environmental Defense Fund, Ferrero, Forest Peoples Programme, General Mills, Golden Agri-Resources, Goldtree, Grupo Exito, Hershey’s, Huilerie Melville Groupe Savonnerie Tropicale, IDH, ISEAL, IUCN, Juaben Oil Mills, Kuapa Cocoa, Lindt, Mars, McDonald’s, Mekon Ecology, Mondelez, Nestlé, New Foresight, NICFI, Norpalm Ghana, Olam, PALMCI, PBC, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, Rainforest Alliance, Royal Dutch Shell, RSPO, Socfin, Solidaridad, Siat, Sucden, Touton, UK Department for International Development, UNDP, Unilever, Walmart, Wilmar, World Resources Institute.

Since needs and expectations about responsible production continue to evolve, this should be considered a ‘living’ document. It will include further compelling examples of company engagement in landscape/jurisdictional initiatives (both successes and failures) and adapt the guidance accordingly. If you would like to contribute or comment, please email

Produced by TFA, WWF and Proforest on behalf of the Tropical Forest Alliance and its Partners. The views and information contained herein do not necessarily represent the individual views of TFA, its Partners or TFA’s hosting organization, the World Economic Forum.