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The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) is hiring to fill several positions within the HCSA Secretariat. Please find the following vacancies:

1The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) is looking for a Malaysia Office and Human Resource Manager to be responsible for the management of the HCSA Human Resource and the HCSA Legal Entity of the HCSA Steering Group (SG). Other responsibilities will be the administration of the HCSA office and facilities, and management of Microsoft Office and other software.

For more information, please download the Job Description:
HCSA Malaysia Office & Human Resource Manager JD

If you have the relevant experience and are interested in the position above, please send in your CV and cover letter to the HCSA Secretariat at by Wednesday, 27 January 2021. Thank you.

CALL FOR TENDERS: Development of Socialisation Materials for Smallholders

The HCSA is calling for tenders for consultancy services to support the Smallholder Working Group in developing Socialisation Materials 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 implement the HCS Approach and achieve No Deforestation.

For more information, download the Terms of Reference for this tender here.

If you have the relevant experience and are interested, please send in your proposal and quotation to the HCSA Secretariat at by Tuesday, 31 December 2020 at 5.30 pm (Malaysia time). For all queries relating to this tender please also contact Thank you.

New HCSA SG Member: Aidenvironment

The HCSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce HCSA’s newest Steering Group member, Aidenvironment.

Aidenvironment is a not-for-profit research, advisory and implementing consultancy. They create sustainability impact in agricultural and forest landscapes across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Aidenvironment believes in a sustainable world where there is respect for people and nature; where irreversible damage to ecosystems is avoided; where global production, trade, finance and consumption are fair and sustainable; and where governments, companies and civil society organizations work together. As a non-profit Aidenvironment wants to contribute to the world’s global challenges with innovative solutions.

Aidenvironment came on board as a HCSA TSO member on 24 November 2020. For more information, see their website


The HCSA is calling for tenders for consultancy services to support the HCSA’s effort in developing socialisation materials for Suppliers/ Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs). For more information, download the ToR for this tender here.

If you have the relevant experience and are interested, please send in your proposal and quotation to the HCSA Secretariat at by Tuesday, 3 November 2020 at 5.30 pm (Malaysia time). For all queries relating to this tender please also contact Thank you.

PRESS RELEASE: Strategic HCSA-HCVRN collaboration to strengthen conservation of tropical forests and boost critical values for nature and people

24 September 2020 – HCV Resource Network (HCVRN) and the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their collaboration to conserve forests and uphold community rights in tropical forests. The two approaches can be used together to identify and conserve forests and their values – greatly contributing to efforts to mitigate climate change, build climate resilience, protect biodiversity and ecosystem services, and support livelihoods and respect community rights and cultural values.

The HCS and HCV approaches are cornerstones of corporate no deforestation and conservation commitments for many companies, and increasingly for actors working at different scales. The collaboration aims to further support effective implementation of these commitments through increased uptake of the HCV and HCS tools. For more information, download the complete press release.

For more information on how the HCS and HCV approaches work together see our new joint briefing note Coupling HCS and HCV Approaches to protect forests, biodiversity, and livelihoods here.


The revised Social Requirements and Implementation Guide are now available on the HCSA website link here.

In April 2020, the revised Social Requirements were approved by the HCSA Steering Group and Executive Committee, along with the Implementation Guide.  All 14 of the Social Requirements are now final and are required as part of implementing the HCSA Toolkit. The  Implementation Guide provides advice on how best to understand and apply the Social Requirements.  Indonesian and French versions of the SRs and IG will be added to the website later in 2020. To assist in the implementation of HCSA toolkit , training materials and webinars on key parts of the Social Requirements will be added to  the HCSA website in late 2020 and during 2021.

HCSA SG Annual Membership Fees Upon Resignation

HCSA Steering Group members pay annual fees as part of their membership commitments and contributions to the HCSA initiative. The annual contribution fees are invoiced to organisation representatives at the beginning of the year by the HCSA Secretariat.

HCSA relies heavily of member’s contribution fee to run its operation. The sudden resignation of some of our SG members recently without settling their outstanding fee has disrupted the organisation’s stability and going concern. The ‘HCSA Membership Fee Upon Resignation Guideline’ aims to resolve the problem.

For more information, please download the guideline.

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 Thank you.