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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

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

HCS Approach Steering Group holds technical workshop on integrating HCS, HCV and FPIC

There is growing support from diverse land use sectors for the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach as a practical, effective tool for breaking the link between deforestation and the production of commodities such as palm oil.

In practice, many stakeholders have raised questions about how to integrate the HCS Approach with other well established tools such as the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach, as well as procedures for ensuring Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of affected communities.

Recognising that each methodology has its own specific identity, lens and purpose, a technical workshop was held in Bogor, Indonesia on the 8-9th of May 2015 under the auspices of the HCS Approach Steering Group. The workshop convened a small group of experienced practitioners who implement these procedures, to build technical consensus around how they could be integrated procedurally in cases where all three are required in the same site.

The specific objectives of the workshop were:

  • To reach a mutual understanding of the term ‘integration’ in this case
  • To agree on the value of clear procedural guidance for integrating the processes
  • To identify the overlaps, differences and synergies of each process
  • To frame a draft procedure for integrating their principles and methodologies.

A range of participants attended the workshop from different backgrounds including, non-government organisations, private sector organisations, and technical assessors of HCV and HCS.

A set of draft guidance notes for consultation will be completed by August 2015.

A Summary Report of the HCS HCV and FPIC Integration Workshop is available.

Additional available documents and materials include: the Workshop Concept Note, Programme, Briefing Note , a Presentation on FPIC, and a series of graphical representations of the workshop.

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