OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains


Agricultural enterprises are a major source of growth and development. They bring expertise, technology, and financing capacities to provide safe and nutritious food to a growing population and meet our changing energy demands. Enterprises involved in the agricultural sector are critical for the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They play a key role in generating quality investment, decent employment, and supply chains that benefit producers and consumers.




The OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains (OECD-FAO Guidance) provides a common framework and globally applicable benchmark to help agri-businesses and investors contribute to sustainable development to identify and mitigate adverse impacts. The guidance is relevant for all enterprises across the entire agricultural supply chain, from the farm to the consumer across a wide range of food and non-food commodities. 


One of the key value-adds of the OECD-FAO Guidance is the framework on risk-based due diligence. The framework provides a step by step approach on how companies can integrate due diligence into their operations and supply chains. By implementing the recommendations of the OECD-FAO Guidance companies can systematically identify, assess and mitigate potential negative impacts associated with their business.


This OECD-FAO Guidance and due diligence framework was developed in collaboration with supply chain experts, business, civil society, unions, and policy makers. It is a practical approach that companies can implement into their business models and processes.


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Convening stakeholders

Handbooks on Risk-based Due Diligence

To guide businesses from commitment to action, the OECD and partners are developing technical handbooks for companies of any size and any position in the global supply chain to identify, prevent and address specific risks in the agricultural sector. Forthcoming handbooks will focus on effective implementation of risk-based due diligence to help companies avoid and address adverse impacts on people, the environment and society and contribute to sustainable development. These will be designed through a participatory multi-stakeholder process, building on the OECD recommendations on due diligence and drawing on current good practices, tools and data.

Deforestation, forest degradation in agricultural supply chains

Child labour and forced labour in the cocoa supply chain

Living incomes and living wages in agricultural supply chains and garment and footwear supply chains


G7 Sustainable Supply Chains Initiative

The OECD supports G7 governments in working with global food and agriculture businesses to take action to improve the sustainability, resilience and climate impact of global food supply chains. As part of this work, the G7 Sustainable Supply Chains Initiative is bringing together leading food and agriculture companies from G7 countries to commit to taking action that will improve the environmental, social and nutritional impact of their operations and supply chains.
Find out more about how to join the initiative


Global Pilot on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains

To support the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance the OECD and FAO launched an implementation pilot with over thirty companies and industry initiatives from February 2018 to October 2019. Many companies in agricultural supply chains have a sophisticated approach to RBC, but the adoption of due diligence strategies is often impacted by reactions to external pressures. Gaps remain in how companies translate policy commitments into implementation actions. In particular, systemic challenges require closer collaboration with key stakeholders.

Following the pilot, the OECD and FAO are looking to scale-up awareness and implementation of the guidance globally. As such, actions will be targeted to engage with key stakeholders such as:


  • Policy makers including the National Contact Points of all 48 country adherents
  • Investors and financial institutions
  • Commodity traders and exchanges
  • Standard setting and certification organisations
  • Industry associations
  • Civil society

Pilot project final report, 2019 

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Pilot project baseline report, 2018



Southeast Asia Pilot on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains

As part of the EU-OECD-ILO “Responsible Supply Chains in Asia” programme, the OECD is conducting a pilot on the OECD-FAO Guidance with companies in Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. This pilot runs from September 2019 to end-2020.

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Pilot project final report, 2020


Agenda: Closing event of the SEA pilot project

More about the SEA pilot


Summary note on the SEA pilot


Baseline report, 2020


Flyer: summary of Pilot Project


Watch business, policy makers and civil society discuss how OECD due diligence strengthens company risk management to meet RBC expectations and the SDGs at the closing event.


Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains in Latin America

As part of the Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean programme, the OECD is conducting a baseline review of the agricultural sector in the region.


2019 OECD-FAO Roundtable on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains

The multi-stakeholder roundtable brought together over 60 policy makers, businesses, international organisations, civil society, worker representatives, and academia in Paris. Drawing from the findings and lessons learned during the pilot project, suggested activities to further promote the uptake of the OECD-FAO Guidance were discussed.  


News releaseFR

Summary report


Specific tools for agri-business





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