Call for Tenders: HCS Forest and HCV Area Restoration Consultant

The HCSA is looking for an expert consultant to support the HCSA’s restoration technical working group (RTWG) in developing technical guidance for a HCSA toolkit restoration module or other supporting documentation. For more information, download the description on the role here.

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 by Friday, 20 September. Thank you.

Vacancy: HCSA GIS Expert & Call for tenders: HCSA Grievance Mechanism Consultant

The HCSA is looking for a GIS Expert and a Grievance Mechanism Consultant to support HCSA’s workstream on establishing a monitoring platform and grievance mechanism respectively. For more information, download the description on the roles 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 by Friday, 20 September 2019. Thank you.

New HCSA SG Member: Barry Callebaut

The HCSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce HCSA’s newest Steering Group member, Barry Callebaut Sourcing AG.

Barry Callebaut operates 59 factories worldwide, selling its products to 140 countries and serving the entire food industry, from global and local food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate. The Group’s business can be separated into three product groups, namely; food manufacturers products, gourmet and specialties products and cocoa products. Barry Callebaut is implementing the HCS Approach in cocoa origin countries, particularly as a founding signatory of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, and in the context of other raw materials it sources (e.g. palm oil).

Barry Callebaut came on board as a HCSA commodity user company member on 24 July 2019. For more information, see their website

Vacancy: HCSA Technical Director

The HCSA is looking for a technical director to provide technical direction, expertise and support for HCSA’s priority work streams and quality assurance. For more information, download the description on the role here.

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 by Thursday, 15 August 2019. Thank you.

Call for Tenders: Technical Assistance on Finalising Guidance for and Application of HCSA Social Requirements

The HCSA is calling for tenders for consultancy services to provide technical assistance on finalising guidance for and application of the Social Requirements (SRs) of the HCSA, which will run from July 2019 to June 2020.

For a list of expected activities, required qualifications, experience, skills and abilities, please download the tender document here.

For a copy of the HCSA Social Requirements, the HCSA SRs Implementation Guide and the SRs Work Plan for 2019-2020, please contact

Tender proposals should be submitted to by
Thursday, 25 July 2019 at 5.30pm (Kuala Lumpur time).

For all queries relating to this tender please also contact

Vacancy: Technical Consultant for Membership Requirements Review 2019-2020

Given the steady growth of the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) multi-stakeholder initiative, it has been widely supported within the HCSA Steering Group and Executive Committee that a review of the current HCSA Steering Group Membership Requirements is due, to strengthen the application of the methodology, its corresponding governance and decision-making for the credibility of the initiative.

To support the HCSA in the review, we are seeking the expertise of a technical consultant/expert to support HCSA’s Membership Committee conduct the Membership Requirements Review.

The Terms of Reference for the position is available for download here.

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 by Thursday, 30 May 2019. Thank you.

Announcement: Call for Legacy Case Applications

The HCSA Legacy Task Force is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for Legacy Cases through 30 June 2019.

Please find here the Legacy Case Review Application Form and the Terms of Reference for the Legacy Task Force, which have been approved by the HCSA Executive Committee. The HCSA Steering Group members and applicants are invited to submit legacy cases and encouraged to forward the invitation to any third-party suppliers with legacy cases in High Forest Cover Landscapes.

The first step of the Legacy case process is to determine whether each case meets the eligibility criteria for acceptance. The full requirements are included in the application form; in summary the case must be in a High Forest Cover Landscape, it must have legal rights to develop the land, a community agreement must already be in place, and the company must maintain a clearance moratorium while the legacy case is processed. While the deadline for submitting the application is relatively short, the information needed in this round is limited and we do not think companies will have trouble presenting the necessary documents in time. Our goal is to discuss the eligibility of each case at the Legacy Task Force during the next SG Meeting week, and then move on to a deeper due diligence process for approved cases.

Kindly submit all applications, documents and/or queries to the HCSA Secretariat at, and refer to this page for latest updates. Thank you.

HCSA and WCF Collaborate to Halt Deforestation in Cocoa

The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Steering Group and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance commitments to ending deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa supply chain. This collaboration will contribute to the implementation of multilateral policy and corporate commitments in the cocoa sector to conserve High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas that have high carbon, biodiversity and social values in tropical forest countries.

Judy Rodrigues, Executive Director of the High Carbon Stock Approach welcomes the collaboration and states, “The HCSA is excited to partner with the WCF and stand ready to work together to expand its impact in the cocoa sector. We are keen to build upon the HCSA’s success of preventing the deforestation of several million hectares of tropical forests and the conservation of over 575,000 hectares of HCS forests in the palm oil and pulp and paper sector to the cocoa sector.’’

She continues, “This collaboration will engage public and private sector stakeholders to facilitate and accelerate implementation of the HCSA methodology by companies and smallholder farmers in cocoa production landscapes.”

Ethan Budiansky, WCF’s Director of Environment said, “The HCS Approach is a proven methodology to identify forest areas that should be a priority for protection as part of a broader landscape-level approach. The partnership will be integral to supporting the implementation of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and advancing the cocoa sector’s commitments to no-deforestation, responsible land use management and conservation.”

The partnership will: identify key stakeholders in cocoa expansion frontiers with active deforestation and forest degradation, map the most effective areas for rights-based forest conservation, restoration and creation of forest corridors, engage with companies, governments, civil society and other stakeholders to pilot the HCS Approach in the field, and share learnings to identify opportunities for scaling-up the application of the HCS Approach including in new tropical forest regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The memorandum of understanding was signed on 29 March 2019.

About the World Cocoa Foundation

WCF is a non-profit international membership organisation whose vision is a sustainable and thriving cocoa sector – where farmers prosper, cocoa-growing communities are empowered, human rights are respected, and the environment is conserved. WCF has more than 100 members that represent 85 percent of the global cocoa and chocolate sector.

In November 2017, the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and the world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies entered a public-private partnership called the Cocoa & Forests Initiative with the aim to end deforestation and promote forest restoration and protection in the cocoa supply chain. The Cocoa & Forests Initiative has been organised by the World Cocoa Foundation, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, in partnership with the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. For further information, please visit

About the HCS Approach

The HCS Approach is the first practical, field-tested methodology for distinguishing forest areas that should be protected or restored, from degraded lands that may be developed, using an integrated land use planning approach. The methodology was developed with the aim to ensure a practical, transparent, robust, and scientifically credible approach that is widely accepted to implement commitments to halt deforestation in the tropics, while ensuring the rights and livelihoods of local peoples are respected. The HCS Approach has allowed major plantations and supply chain actors to reduce their impact by not clearing or purchasing goods from HCS forests and High Conservation Value areas. For further information, please visit

New HCSA SG Members: Sime Darby Plantation & Tropenbos Indonesia

The HCSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce two new HCSA SG Members: Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and Tropenbos Indonesia.

Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) Berhad is the world’s largest producer of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). As a globally integrated plantation company, SDP is involved in the full spectrum of the palm oil value chain. This includes its upstream operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Liberia, as well as its downstream operations in 15 countries, represented by its subsidiary, Sime Darby Oils.

SDP was a member of the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto (SPOM) team that conducted the science study on HCS in 2014, was involved in the HCS Convergence negotiations and has also been actively involved in various working groups within the HCSA. SDP will be replacing the seat of its subsidiary, New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL).

Sime Darby Plantation officially came on board as a HCSA plantation company member on 20 March 2019. For more information, see their website

Yayasan Tropenbos Indonesia links research into policies and practices by providing evidence-based knowledge to improve the management and governance of forests. They also play a role in influencing decision makers for the issuance of better policies and in influencing practitioners towards better implementation forest governance practices. Tropenbos Indonesia works with local governments and international organisations towards HCV/HCS mapping in the provinces of West Sumatra, Jambi and West Kalimatan, including involvement in drafting ministerial regulations.

Tropenbos Indonesia came on board as a HCSA technical support organisation member on 20 March 2019. For more information, see their website

A full list of HCSA SG Members can be found here and more information on membership can be found here.

HCSA Launches Theory of Change and Global Strategic Business Plan

The High Carbon Stock Approach is pleased to announce the launch of its Theory of Change and Global Strategic Business Plan.

In the effort to prevent deforestation, HCSA’s accomplishments have played a critical role to date. As of October 2018, close to three million hectares of HCSA assessment area has been registered and over 500,000 hectares of HCS forests have been identified, set aside by companies for non-development and are in the process of being secured for conservation.

After 12 months of consultation, the Theory of Change (ToC) will provide a roadmap for HCSA to broaden its adoption, impact, achieve and supplement its ‘Tropical HCSA Adoption’ goal and the UN New York Declaration on Forest goal of ‘Ending Natural Forest Loss’ by 2030 respectively. The ToC identifies five main priority workstream strategies that will direct how HCSA should address the gaps and drawbacks of the implementation to date, build upon its strengths and seize opportunities for broader implementation and adoption. The ToC short-term strategic goals and priorities are detailed under the mid-2018 – mid-2021 Global Strategic Business Plan.

HCSA will work through collaborations and partnerships with key initiatives, governments and organisations across several regions and with sectors to pilot and adapt its implementation, expanding its reach and impact.

High Carbon Stock Approach Theory of Change 2018 to 2030

To know more about what HCSA has been up to, have a look at our Summary Progress and Highlights brochure.

For more information, contact the HCSA Secretariat at