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 report presents the findings of the baseline assessment. Section I provides background information on the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains (hereafter OECD-FAO Guidance) and the pilot project for testing the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance. This section also includes details about the companies and industry initiatives participating in the pilot. Section II describes the baseline analysis that was carried out. It includes information about the structure of the baseline survey completed by pilot participants and the methodology through which the data and information were analysed. Section III presents the findings from the baseline analysis following the structure of the five-step due diligence framework presented in the OECD-FAO Guidance. This section includes the overarching findings and the detailed findings on how participants are implementing the recommendations of the OECD-FAO Guidance. It lays out the main challenges and opportunities companies may face when carrying out risk-based due diligence. Section IV summarises the key recommendations stemming from the baseline analysis for both participants and the OECD and FAO.
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The OECD Development Centre was established in 1961 as an independent platform for knowledge sharing and policy dialogue between Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member countries and developing economies, allowing these countries to interact on an equal footing.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information.