OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains


Enterprises involved in agricultural supply chains can create employment, raise labour standards and bring the technology to increase agricultural production or reduce pollution. But their activities can also contribute to food insecurity by leading to the eviction of local communities from their lands. Child labour and abuses of migrant workers and women are regularly reported. The production of some agricultural commodities leads to soil degradation, water resource depletion and deforestation.

2018 Baseline report on the implementation of the OECD-FAO Guidance 

To support the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance, in early 2018 the OECD and FAO launched an implementation pilot with over thirty companies and industry initiatives. 

The first stage of the pilot was a baseline survey to assess how companies and industry initiatives are implementing the OECD-FAO Guidance and other related international standards. This baseline report presents the findings of the baseline assessment.

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OECD and FAO call for responsible investment in agriculture

16 February 2018, Paris - The OECD and the FAO launched a pilot project to kick-start the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains with 30 leading enterprises. 

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About the OECD-FAO Guidance

The OECD-FAO guidance helps enterprises observe standards of responsible business conduct to ensure that their operations do not lead to adverse impacts and contribute to sustainable development. The OECD-FAO Guidance targets domestic and international, small, medium and large enterprises across the entire agricultural supply chain, from the farm to the consumer.


The OECD-FAO Guidance proposes:

  • A model enterprise policy outlining the company standards; 
  • A framework for risk-based due diligence; 
  • A description of the major risks faced by enterprises; 
  • A guidance for engaging with indigenous peoples.

The guidance was developed with the support of a multi-stakeholder advisory group and benefited from feedback received during an online public consultation.



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Resources and materials

 2016 launch event

Flyer in English


Resume en francais


 Highlights PPT in English

 Highlights PPT en français

 International standards


2018 Baseline report on the implementation of the OECD-FAO Guidance


Brochure: Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains and the Sustainable Development Goals





FAO work on Investment in Agriculture

OECD Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture

Don't supply chains: Responsible business conduct in agriculture


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