§1   A set of Ethical Guidelines is hereby established to ensure that no Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Initiative takes part in unethical activities or omissions such as unacceptable violations of human rights, corruption or damage to the environment.

§2   The founders, members of the board, managers and other employees of Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Initiatives as well as others acting on behalf of SFP Initiatives will act in accordance with the Ethical Guidelines in SFP-related activities.

§3   Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Initiatives will contribute to restorative growth through realization of projects for revegetation and profitable production of food, freshwater, biomass and electricity.

§4   Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Initiatives will comply with all applicable laws and governmental rules and regulations. Should there be differences between such laws, rules and regulations and the standards described in the Ethical Guidelines for SFP Initiatives, the highest standards consistent with applicable local laws shall be applied.

§5   Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Initiatives will provide a safe, healthy and respectful workplace free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

§6   Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Initiatives will only enter into employment relationships that are freely chosen and free from threats. SFP Initiatives will only employ persons of an age that are considered acceptable under the definitions given by the ILO Minimum Age Convention 1973 (C138)1.

§7   Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Initiatives will each year issue a report describing its compliance with the Ethical Guidelines. This report will be issued to The Sahara Forest Project Foundation. Breaches to the Ethical Guidelines that requires immediate attention will be reported to the SFP Foundation promptly.

§8   Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Initiatives will contribute to the creation of values for local communities, such as employment, access to resources and improvements of infrastructure, in the societies in which they operate.

§9   Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Initiatives will not contribute to deceptive use of green PR or green marketing in order to promote a misleading perception that a company's policies or products are environmentally friendly (i.e. greenwashing).

§10   Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Initiatives will support and respect the guidelines for business practices set out by the UN Global Compact and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises2 in their commercial and business activities.


1 The text can be accessed at: http://www.ilo.org/ilolex/cgi-lex/convde.pl?C138

2 These guidelines can be accessed at the following web-sites: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheGC/TheTenPrinciples/index.html and www.oecd.org/daf/investment/guidelines