FAIR Company-Community Partnerships
With the purpose to both foster economic development opportunities as well as reduce the adverse impacts of rapid expansion of palm oil production on local communities, the FAIR company-community partnership model offers a re-redesign of development models in palm oil production and trade.
Oxfam’s vision is that the people living in a particular landscape can decide themselves on how best to combine export crop production, local food crop production and nature conservation. Smallholders and their communities should benefit from livelihoods of their choice in terms of food security, safeguarded land rights and diversified income.
FAIR is an acronym that stands for 1. Freedom of choice; 2. Accountability; 3. Improvement of benefits; and 4. Respect for rights. FAIR company-community partnerships work on the basis of these four principles in order to arrive at better practices in company-community relationships in palm oil production and trade within a landscape. We consider FAIR partnerships a precondition for climate-friendly, land-efficient and pro-poor palm oil production.
In this programme we engage with numerous commodity sector and financial sector companies. These companies include palm oil plantation and mill companies, consumer goods manufacturers, commercial and development banks, and institutional and impact investors. We collaborate with buyers and investors to engage and support palm oil producers who, in turn, engage smallholder suppliers and their host communities.
Partnerships will be established in multiple locations in Indonesia and Africa. We aim to scale up the FAIR company-community partnerships through investments, making this innovative model the industry standard. To read about our progress to date, please download the ‘FAIR Company-Community Partnerships: Summary Co-creation Day and Way Forward’-report in the downloads section.
- Project period: 2018-2024
- Target group: smallholders in palm oil sector
- Locations: South East Sulawesi and Riau, Indonesia; Liberia
- Proponents: Oxfam Novib in cooperation with Oxfam in Indonesia and Oxfam in Liberia