Research webinar 10: Assessing the additionality of the Round Table on Responsible Soy and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Research webinar 10: Assessing the additionality of the Round Table on Responsible Soy and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

In this webinar, Rachael Garrett (University of Boston) examines the potential additionality of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in mitigating conversion of native vegetation to cropland. Multi-stakeholder roundtables offering certification programs are promising voluntary governance mechanisms to address sustainability issues associated with international agricultural supply chains. Yet, little is known about whether roundtable certifications confer additionality, the benefits of certification beyond what would be expected from policies and practices currently in place. This webinar, held on 10th November 2016, examines the potential additionality of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in mitigating conversion of native vegetation to cropland. We also examine the effective targeting of smallholder producers and targeting adoption to regions with low levels of environmental governance and high rates of forest-to-cropland conversion.