Developing sustainable agriculture business principles with the UN Global Compact

Monday, April 1, 2013

On March 19-20 in New York City, FLA participated in the second convening of the Core Advisory Group of the UN Global Compact, where participants worked to develop global voluntary business principles on sustainable agriculture for companies. FLA is also one of two civil society organizations on the Steering Committee of the program.

The central objective of the Core Advisory Group – comprised of companies, civil society organizations, experts and representatives of UN agencies – is to develop a whitepaper on the relevant elements and attributes necessary for Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles (SABPs) that the UN can promote in the sector. Through focused deliberations at the March meeting, the Group continued to categorize and prioritize thematic issues and took steps toward clarifying the role of government, smallholders and other critical stakeholders working to address sector-specific issues.

The Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles aim to “offer a framework for principle-based partnerships between the private sector, the UN and other key stakeholders” and build bridges among the many existing crop-specific initiatives, working toward a broader global agenda that reflects the interests of all stakeholders. FLA brings to this effort many years of experience working with companies in the agricultural sector, developing monitoring and tracing tools that enhance the sustainability of global agricultural supply chains. For more information about the Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles program, email sustainble.agriculture@unglobalcompact.org.

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