Setting a clear free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) policy is a vital step for organisations to demonstrate that they commit to avoiding adverse impacts on indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC) groups.

This guide is designed to help companies set robust and credible FPIC commitments. It is relevant whether you are a producer, processor, trader or buyer of products in soft commodity sectors, including timber & pulp, palm oil and rubber.

Robust FPIC commitments should also form part of wider commitments to respect people and human rights.

The SPOTT project assesses soft commodity companies on their public disclosure of FPIC policies.

This Thematic Guide from ZSL provides an overview of the importance of FPIC. Other Thematic guides in the series include:

The Thematic Guide to Deforestation.

The Thematic Guide to Traceability.

The Thematic Guide to Supplier Engagement.