A guide to setting robust policy commitments and reporting on practice in soft commodity supply chains.

This guide is designed to help companies set and report on robust gender equality commitments across all operations, including in relation to management, employment and interactions with communities. It is relevant whether you are a producer, processor, trader or buyer of products in soft commodity sectors.

Gender equality refers to the “equal enjoyment by women and men of rights, opportunities, resources and rewards. A critical aspect of promoting gender equality is the empowerment of women, with a focus on identifying and redressing power imbalances.”

SPOTT assesses soft commodity companies on their public disclosure of gender policies.

This Thematic Guide from ZSL provides an overview of the importance of taking gender into consideration during policy-making. Other Thematic guides in the series include:

Thematic Guide No. 1 to Zero Deforestation

Thematic Guide No. 2 to Traceability

Thematic Guide No. 3 to Supplier Engagement

Thematic Guide No. 4 to Free, Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC)

Thematic Guide No. 6 to The Living Wage