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 to establish multi-functional mosaic landscapes in which stakeholders have applied participatory land use planning to arrive at optimal combinations of export crops such as palm oil, local food crops and conservation areas, notably forest and peat land. Smallholders and their communities, both women and men, will benefit from livelihoods of their choice in terms of food security, safeguarded land rights and diversified income.
In our approach we focus on policy and practice, both within and outside the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). To go from certified good practices to a further innovation of better practices we have developed the FAIR principles. FAIR company-community partnerships will meet four principles that describe the better practices in company-community relationships in palm oil production and trade within a landscape approach. FAIR is an acronym that stands for 1) Freedom of choice; 2) Accountability; 3) Improvement of benefits; and 4) Respect for rights. FAIR partnerships are considered to be a condition for climate friendly, land-efficient and pro-poor palm oil production.
In this new programme we have, to date, engaged with numerous commodity sector and financial sector companies. These companies include plantation and mill companies, consumer goods manufacturers, commercial and development banks, and institutional and impact investors. We will collaborate with buyers and investors to engage and support palm oil producers who, in turn, engage smallholder supplies and their host communities. 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.
Partnerships will be demonstrated in multiple locations spread over Indonesia, DRC and Nigeria. We aim to scale and mainstream the model through investments in innovative FAIR company-community partnerships.
Programme management will be established across multiple partners.
- Project period: 2017-2021
- Target group: initially smallholders in palm oil sector
- Location: Indonesia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo
- Proponent: Oxfam Novib in cooperation with Oxfam Indonesia, Nigeria and DRC
For more information about this programme, please contact Johan Verburg, Pro-Poor Value Chains