Interlaken Group

This document provides guidance, approaches and tools to companies to better manage issues of land rights and responsible governance of tenure. Companies might face risks due to weak land and forest rights in developing countries. Companies that understand the risks posed by insecure tenure rights and engage host communities can secure a competitive advantage. In May 2012, the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed a document called the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forestry in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT). The VGGT offer a valuable framework that can help companies mitigate tenure risks and contribute to enhancing local food security in areas where it operates. This handbook provides practical guidance on how to operationalize the VGGT and manage risks.