The private sector has direct and extensive impacts on forests and forest peoples. FPP carries out advocacy and supports forest peoples’ campaigns to get the private sector to adopt a rights-based approach to doing business and ensuring accountability to affected communities and citizens. Changing policy within the private sector can bring direct benefits to forest peoples by applying the FPIC standard and ensuring respect for their customary land and livelihood rights, , basic rights to health, life and to civil and their political rights and freedoms. By getting involved in the discussions in policy spaces and dialogues like the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and The Forests Dialogue (TFD), FPP can and does ensure the incorporation of a rights based approach to business impacting on forest peoples.
Through this work with our partners and allies, FPP seeks to reform global supply chains affecting forest peoples to ensure that private sector voluntary standards and other business-targeted standards like the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights align with international human rights laws and norms, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. FPP additionally works on bilateral and multilateral public policy and finance initiatives such as TFA 2020 promoting private sector sustainability reforms, improved regulation, and better implementation and monitoring of sustainability standards. FPP is currently also working in several communities in South America, Africa and Asia to develop community-based systems for montoring supply chain impacts on human rights, land tenure security and community forests.