Resource Material 1

Resource Package 1: Standards and Principles

IFC Performance Standards

The IFC Performance Standards are an international benchmark for identifying and managing environmental and social risk and have been adopted by many organizations as a key component of their environmental and social risk management.

Equator Principles III (EP Association)

The Equator Principals (EPs) are a risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining and managing environmental and social risk in projects and is primarily intended to provide minimum standard for due diligence and monitoring to support responsible risk decision-making.

Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS)

The CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems provides guidelines that focus human rights as the first step to responsible investment in agriculture and food systems.

Guiding Principles on Large Scale Land Based Investments in Africa (AU / AfDB)

The Guiding Principles are designed to help African Union member states and other stakeholders develop larger-scale agricultural investments that are more likely to prove sustainable, beneficial, and successful for communities, investors and governments.

Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (United Nations)

The Guiding Principles seek to provide an authoritative global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse human rights impacts linked to business activity.

Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land (FAO/CFS)

These guidelines (commonly referred to as the VGGTs) aim to provide guidance to improve the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests with the overarching goal of achieving food security for all and to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.