Invitation to Participate in HCSA Latin America Draft Implementation Strategies Survey

The deadline to participate in the survey (English version: here & Spanish version: here) on draft strategies for promoting the uptake of the HCSA methodology in Latin America in order to prevent commodity-driven deforestation of tropical forests has been extended to 14th July 2020. Please contact the HCSA secretariat to request copies of the draft strategies at info@highcarbonstock.org. Thank you.

Draft HCSA Grievance Mechanism published for consultation

The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) is developing a Grievance Mechanism to ensure a timely, independent, fair, and effective resolution of complaints concerning breaches by HCSA members of the HCSA Steering Group Code of Conduct and the application of the HCSA methodology. The HCSA Grievance Mechanism will exist to escalate complaints that cannot be resolved by the grievance mechanisms of HCSA members.

HCSA is conducting a 20-day public consultation of its Grievance Mechanism draft document.

You can download the document using this link. Feedback is welcome from any interested stakeholder. Comments can be made directly in the PDF document or in an email.

Please send feedback and any questions to QA@highcarbonstock.org.

Please send feedback by 6 July 2020.

Invitation to HCSA Latin America Implementation Strategies Webinar

You are invited to participate in the HCSA Latin America Implementation Strategies Webinar on June 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM CET.

In HCSA’s global Theory of Change, one of the aims is targeted expansion in Latin America. To support this aim, HCSA commissioned a consultant to assist with the development of implementation strategies for HCSA uptake for key priority countries and/or commodities in Latin America. This webinar aims to facilitate the stakeholder consultation on the draft strategies.  The webinar will be held in English, but participants are welcome to provide feedback/ask questions in Spanish.

Please register here and a confirmation email with the webinar details and draft strategies will be sent to you. Also please feel free to circulate amongst your network and/or colleagues working in the region.

Vacancies: HCSA Business and Financial Planning Consultant & HCSA Financial Management Consultant

The HCSA is looking for a Business and Financial Plan Consultant to work with HCSA’s Executive Director, Executive Committee and in consultation with HCSA’s Steering Groups to produce a comprehensive 5-year business and financial plan (2021-2026).

For more information, please download the Terms of Reference:

The HCSA is looking for a Financial Management Consultant to develop financial reporting and transparency management and systems recommendations and proposals to support further improve its fiscal management and ensure it is well aligned with HCSA’s Global Strategic Business and Theory of Change plans and priorities.

For more information, please download the Terms of Reference:

If you have the relevant experience and are interested in the position, please send in your CV and cover letter to the HCSA Secretariat at info@highcarbonstock.org by Monday, 27 July 2020. Thank you.

Vacancy: Consultant on Socialisation Materials and Workshop for Smallholders

The HCSA is looking for a Consultant on Socialisation Materials and Workshop for Smallholders. The consultant will work with HCSA’s Smallholder Working Group to develop socialisation materials to support efforts to increase awareness and capacity building among the independent smallholders to facilitate the uptake and effective implementation of the HCS Approach amongst smallholders.

For more information, download the description on the role as below:

If you have the relevant experience and are interested in the position, please send in your CV and cover letter to the HCSA Secretariat at info@highcarbonstock.org by Monday, 15 June 2020. Thank you.

HCSA’s Statement on Sime Darby Plantation Berhad’s Membership Resignation

From 10 June 2020, we regret to inform our stakeholders that Sime Darby Plantation Berhad is no longer a member of the High Carbon Stock Approach Steering Group. We thank Sime Darby for their contribution to date. We encourage Sime Darby to re-apply for membership and to continue implementing the HCSA across their supply chains. HCSA is a multi-stakeholder platform and all members are required to comply with the HCSA membership requirements including the Eligibility Requirement and Code of Conduct for members.

For more information, please download the press statement.

HCSA’s Statement on Wilmar International Ltd’s Membership Resignation

From 02 April 2020, we regret to inform our stakeholders that Wilmar International Ltd is no longer a member of the High Carbon Stock Approach Steering Group. We thank Wilmar for their contribution to date. We encourage Wilmar to re-apply for membership and to continue implementing the HCSA across their supply chains. HCSA is a multi-stakeholder platform and all members are required to comply with the HCSA membership requirements including the Eligibility Requirement and Code of Conduct for members.

For more information, please download the press statement.

HCSA Social Requirements Documents

The Social Requirements Working Group (SRWG) has reached agreement on the texts for the three remaining draft Social Requirements (SRs), namely, SRs 5, 11 and 13. The SRWG is now seeking approval from the Steering Group (SG) on these texts. While this is ongoing, the documents for Module 2 – Social Requirements and the Implementation Guidance for the Social Requirements, including the sections that remain draft, will be made available here and in the Documents page.  

Once the revised text is approved by the SG, the documents will be updated and published on this website.

New HCSA SG Member: Cargill Tropical Palm Holdings

The HCSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce HCSA’s newest Steering Group member, Cargill Tropical Palm Holdings Pte Ltd.

Cargill Tropical Palm Holdings Pte Ltd (CTP), headquartered in Singapore, owns and operates oil palm plantations and mills in Indonesia’s South Sumatra and West Kalimantan provinces that cover close to 80,000 hectares and employ 18,000 people. CTP sustainably produces crude palm and palm kernel oil from fresh fruit bunches grown on their own plantations and sourced from local smallholders. CTP aims to be the most respected company in improving lives, prioritizing the needs of stakeholders including employees, smallholder farmers, local communities and customers.

CTP came on board as a HCSA plantation company member on 8 January 2020. For more information, see their website https://www.cargill.com.