We cooperate in an informal Amsterdam Declarations Partnership with private sector and producer country actors and their initiatives. In 2016, we defined our AD Partnership Implementation Strategy v1Dec2016:
The strategy includes four main strategic lines and we use existing formal processes, partnerships, initiatives and networks as much as possible.
- Facilitate European action on Climate, Deforestation & Trade: Deforestation from agricultural commodities should be more closely linked to discussions on the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, European trade negotiations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Stimulate the Global Value Chain approach for agricultural commodities, in particular palm oil: Advance partnerships on the production side as well as the consumer and market uptake side, and work with producer countries on integrated landscape approaches.
- Enhance the dialogue with major consumer and producer countries: Expand global market coverage by engaging partner countries and through diplomacy.
- Enhance transparency and use of voluntary CSR reporting: Integrate deforestation and climate / carbon footprint in reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility and enhance third party monitoring as well as transparency of data.
The focus is currently on cocoa, palm oil and soya but actions on other commodities such as natural rubber are also considered.
Three to four times a year representatives of the signatories and from the European Commission meet in a Coordination Meeting. Occasionally, specific external experts, civil society organisations and/or industry alliances are invited to join the meeting.
Once a year the chair of the ADP hosts and organises a multi-stakeholder meeting in June. The next multi-stakeholder meeting will be organised on 13 June 2019 in the Netherlands.