Guides and Reports

No Exploitation Standards

No Exploitation Standards

The TFT No Exploitation principles aims to respect the rights of communities and indigenous people and workers throughout the supply chain, from plantation to mill. These standards outline the working conditions TFT expect to find in plantations, estates, farms and mills. The principles and standards are applicable to all sites, the accompanying handbook details how implementation can be adapted based on the size of the site. We acknowledge that these standards will evolve and we will review them on a regular basis.

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.

Community Forest Management Handbook

Community Forest Management Handbook

This 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.

 

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.