Implementing due diligence in agricultural supply chains
Implementing due diligence in agricultural supply chains
February 2019

Enterprises involved in agricultural supply chains can create employment, raise labour standards and bring the technology to increase agricultural production or reduce pollution. But their activities can also contribute to food insecurity by leading to the eviction of local communities from their lands. Child labour and abuses of migrant workers and women are regularly reported. The production of some agricultural commodities leads to soil degradation, water resource depletion and deforestation.

The OECD-FAO guidance helps enterprises observe standards of responsible business conduct to ensure that their operations do not lead to adverse impacts and contribute to sustainable development. The OECD-FAO Guidance targets domestic and international, small, medium and large enterprises across the entire agricultural supply chain, from the farm to the consumer.

Key information
The agricultural sector comprises more than 570 million farms in the world and this should attract further investment as it expands to meet increasing demand
The demand for both food and nonfood agricultural products is increasing, driven by growing populations, higher incomes, and changing diets
A pilot project with 30 leading enterprises is underway to kick-start the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains