Operating at a landscape level

As companies explore scalable solutions for meeting sustainability commitments, standards are looking at how they can support landscape-wide transformation.

The concept of landscape or jurisdictional approaches has attracted significant interest in recent years. Rather than looking at the sustainability of a single production unit, supply chain or sector, landscape approaches recognise that some sustainability issues are best addressed at scale, across whole landscapes or jurisdictions. Landscape approaches work to tackle complex sustainability problems such as deforestation and biodiversity loss by creating and shaping local enabling conditions such as governance structures.

To support landscape-level transformation, sustainability standards are exploring how to create impacts beyond certified production units, and have started innovating to increase their applicability at the landscape level. Standards systems are well placed to contribute to a landscape’s sustainability, as they often address a range of issues that have implications for the broader landscape, including high conservation value assessments, measuring GHG emissions, or the management of water resources.

ISEAL supports its members in developing their potential as tools to create landscape-wide outcomes and impacts, while also offering guidance to external initiatives that are testing and piloting market-driven landscape or jurisdictional models.