Tackling sustainability at scale
As the rates of climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss continue to increase, new approaches are emerging to address these sustainability challenges at scale. These landscape and jurisdictional approaches recognise that issues like deforestation, habitat conversion, land rights and rural development are often best addressed across whole landscapes or jurisdictions. They also bring together all stakeholders across value chains, to work towards common goals and drive improvement over time.
To meet their potential, such jurisdictional and landscape initiatives need to be able to demonstrate that they are delivering on the environmental and social issues that matter. In other words, they need a credible assurance system – a robust, transparent and impartial means to monitor, verify and communicate progress.
Supporting credible monitoring and claims - NEW ISEAL Good Practice Guidance
ISEAL has developed a new good practice guide to help ensure that sustainability claims made by jurisdictions, landscape initiatives, and the companies that source from or support them, are credible. The guidance covers the structural and performance claims a jurisdictional entity may wish to make, along with the supporting action claims of other related stakeholders. In 2021, we will continue to engage and consult stakeholders on good practice in this emergent field.
To learn more about how we are supporting jurisdictional initiatives and associated sourcing companies to make credible claims, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A dynamic and active space
A number of jurisdictional initiatives have already developed frameworks that allow them to monitor and verify operational and performance outcomes. Organisations like Indonesia-based LTKL are leading the way in developing place-based solutions that are situated in the local context. Initiatives like LandScale, IDH's PPI Compacts and SourceUp, the SAN Blueprint, and the Commodities/Jurisdictions Approach represent assessment frameworks that can be adapted and applied across jurisdictions, and linking sustainable production areas to markets. We are working closely with these initiatives to ensure our guidance builds on existing good practice, and both complements and supports their efforts.
A range of resources has also been developed by ISEAL and other thought leaders in recent years, to support private sector action in jurisdictional initiatives. Many of these can be found through the Tropical Forest Alliance / Jurisdictional Exchange Network Resource Hub.
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