Guides and Reports

High Carbon Stock Approach Toolkit

High Carbon Stock Approach Toolkit

The High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach is a methodology that distinguishes forest areas for protection from degraded lands with low carbon and biodiversity values that may be developed. It puts No Deforestation into practice.

It was developed to help companies implement their commitments to end deforestation in their supply chains. The HCS Approach Toolkit provides guidance for producers on how to identify HCS forests and integrate them with other land-use planning approaches such as High Conservation Value areas, the protection of peatlands, and respect for the rights of indigenous and traditional communities to their lands.

The Toolkit has been developed by the HCS Approach Steering Group, a unique collaboration between major plantation companies with commitments to eliminate deforestation, along with NGOs and TFT.

This includes Golden Agri-Resources, Asia Pulp and Paper, Wilmar International Limited, Greenpeace, Agropalma, WWF, the Forest Peoples Programme, Rainforest Action Network, Unilever. Established in Singapore in 2014, the Steering Group is working to oversee the governance and standardisation of the HCS Approach to achieve a halt to deforestation.

TFT No Exploitation Standards

TFT No Exploitation Standards

The TFT No Exploitation Standards aim to respects the rights of communities and indigenous people and workers throughout all supply chains. The TFT No Exploitation Standards of workers in Palm Oil – Guidelines for sites, deals specifically with workers rights and safeguarding health and safety at worksites. These guidelines outline the working conditions TFT encourages in plantations, estates, farms and mills. They are in line with many local laws and international standards. The principles and guidelines are applicable to all sites, although the application at small and informal sites will differ; accompanying resources and tools detail how implementation can be adapted based on the size of the site. We acknowledged that these guidelines will evolve and we will review them on a regular basis. Guidelines relate to the company, their suppliers and sub-contractors.

Through the TFT No Exploitation Standards, TFT is committed to helping all sites in the supply chain develop a framework that supports the implementation of the guidelines. The guidelines are categorised into 3 levels to help sites prioritise transformation programmes. These categories are based on criticality of issues, and takes into account practical considerations like ease of implementation. In several cases, such as with wages, recommendations made for level 1 help to create the foundations required for addressing levels 2 and 3. These guidelines recognise and respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; they are additional to this and cover all sites small and large, and all workers, including contract, temporary, subcontracted and migrant workers.

SURE Technology

SURE Technology

TFT helps companies transform the way they source their products. This led us to develop our SURE Technology, with a variety of tools to help companies plan, understand and communicate what’s happening in their supply chains.

The TFT SURE Technology booklet explains how SURE provides the following tools:

  • Due Diligence System for timber legality
  • Supply chain management to identify, link and map all nodes in the supply chain
  • Transparency dashboards, helping companies share progress on conservation commitments
  • Product stories, connecting customers with the origins of the products they are buying

Community Forest Management Handbook

Community Forest Management Handbook

The TFT Community Forests handbook is based on TFT’s seven years of experience working with smallholders to set up group certification systems in remote and diverse settings. It is designed to provide simple and practical solutions to the most common challenges smallholders face when trying to achieve group certification.

The information presented here is general in nature; its implementation should be adjusted according to local conditions. Criticisms and suggestions from readers are welcome, and will be used to improve and adapt this guide to address real-world conditions and experiences.

It is hoped that this book will be useful not only as a guide for NGO’s and forest managers, but also as a topic for further discussions to improve best practices and increase forest dependent communities’ role in sustainably managing the world’s forests.

 

TFT Annual Reports

TFT Annual Reports

TFT annual reports reflect on the work by our staff around the world. This includes how we have grown, in terms of additional staff, new product groups, expansion into new countries. It also shares what we have learnt. It also includes details of the financial year.

 

Legality Guides

Legality Guides

This selection of guides is by the Timber Trade Action Plan (TTAP) and Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade (RAFT). They provide guidance on how to comply with legislative changes for a number of groups, including: timber growers, processors and importers and exporters of wood products in the countries mentioned.

 

TTAP Report on Combating Illegal Logging

TTAP Report on Combating Illegal Logging

The Timber Trade Action Plan (TTAP) was a project which began in 2005 and finished in 2013. Funded by the European Union, and managed by TFT, in partnership with several European Timber Trade Federations, TTAP’s work focused on providing advice and support to European buyers, and their producers, in 10 timber producing and processing countries exporting to Europe from Asia, Africa, and South America.The project has improved conditions for forest workers, and respect and rights for local communities. It has also helped contribute to a shift in attitude towards the responsible management of tropical forests in producer and consumer countries benefitting producers, processors, and buyers. During the course of the project, TTAP has demonstrated that legality verification leads to better resource management, processing efficiency improvements, and improved social norms throughout the supply chain.