The ASEAN RAI and existing
global frameworks and guidelines

The ASEAN Guidelines on

Promoting Responsible

Investment in Food, Agriculture

and Forestry (ASEAN RAI)

contributes regionally specific

guidance on agri-investments

to an existing landscape of

voluntary sustainability

standards and certifications.


However, the ever-increasing number and types of guidance can be confusing for agribusiness and financial investors.

Our aim is to:

Reduce fragmentation by demonstrating similarities between the ASEAN RAI and other global standards and principles;

Demonstrate how the ASEAN RAI adds value to those other principles, because of it’s unique focus on challenges and opportunities in ASEAN

ASEAN Guidelines for Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (ASEAN RAI)

Target group(s): ASEAN Member State governments, as well as agribusiness investors, smallholders & SMEs, communities, civil society groups, financial institutions

Industry: agriculture, food and forestry


Year endorsed: 2018

The ASEAN RAI is a guidance instrument based on the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS RAI) but developed and adopted by the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry in 2018. The ASEAN RAI includes 10 key principles, on social, environmental and governance issues, that public, private and civil society sectors should follow.


Global frameworks and principles


The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems by the Committee of World Food Security

(CFS-RAI Principles)

Target audience: all relevant stakeholders

Industry: agriculture and food systems

Free, Prior and Informed

Consent (FPIC)

Target audience: all relevant stakeholders


Industry: general/sector-agnostic

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ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy


Target audience: governments of the home and host countries of MNEs, employers’ and workers’ organizations, multinational and national enterprises


Industry: general/sector-agnostic

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OECD Guidelines for

Multinational Enterprises

Target audience: private sector (including multinational enterprises)


Industry: general

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Target audience: all relevant stakeholders


Industry: general/sector-agnostic

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UN Global Compact

Target audience: private sector


Industry: general, with specific principles on food and agriculture

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UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Target audience: public and private sector


Industry: general/sector-agnostic

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Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT)

Target audience: all relevant stakeholders (emphasis on vulnerable and marginalized people)

Industry: agriculture (crops, forestry, fisheries)

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All links sourced by the ASEAN RAI Action Plan partners. If you think there is a guideline or tool missing, please feel free to reach out to us.