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.

Thematic Guide No. 1 to Zero Deforestation

Thematic Guide No. 2 to Traceability

Thematic Guide No. 3 to Supplier Engagement

Thematic Guide No. 5 to Gender

Thematic Guide No. 6 to The Living Wage