Directory of Participating Initiatives and Organisations
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Imaflora (Institute for Forest and Agriculture Management and Certification) is a Brazilian nonprofit organization that has been working since 1995 to promote changes in the forest and agricultural sectors.
The Institute believes that by encouraging good production practices it is possible to promote the conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources and also to generate social benefits. To reach this objective, Imaflora values and disseminates positive examples while working with solutions based on ample processes of consultation and negotiation carried out in a balanced and representative way with the different stakeholders involved in land use and in forest, agricultural and livestock production.
Imaflora created in collaboration with Geo Lab-Esalq/USP the online platform Atlas, Geography of Brazilian Agriculture, which is an initiative to generate and disseminate knowledge about territorial intelligence to provide subsidies to the expansion and intensification of Brazilian Agriculture aiming for zero deforestation, low carbon and low impact production and equity. It aims to facilitate the understanding of where, what, how much, who, how and with what consequences food is produced in the field in Brazil.
Imaflora also produced the Timberflow platform which shows transactions of wood along Brazil.
CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted the number one climate research provider by investors, CDP works with institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion and leverage investor and buyer power to incentivize companies to report, manage and reduce their environmental impacts. CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition.
About CDP’s forests program:
CDP began working to address deforestation in 2013 integrating Global Canopy’s Forest Footprint Disclosure Project into its reporting platform.
Today, over 650 investors with US$87 trillion in assets endorse CDP’s forests disclosure request. In 2018, we asked 1,103 of the largest global companies to provide data about their efforts to stop deforestation. In total, 272 companies responded a 35% increase from 2016. Responding companies include forest-commodity giants, Mars, Cargill and Wilmar International. This increase follows the trend for investors who want to understand how companies in their portfolios are addressing their exposure to deforestation risk.
CDP’s 2017 global forests report, From Risk to Revenue: The Investment Opportunity in Addressing Corporate Deforestation, found that up to US$941 billion of turnover in publicly listed companies is dependent on commodities linked to deforestation and called on meaningful and effective action from the financial services sector to ensure deforestation risks and opportunities are identified and managed from their portfolios.
The Forest 500 is the world’s first rainforest ratings agency.
It identifies and ranks the most influential companies, financial institutions, and governments as they move towards a deforestation-free global economy. By assessing the 500 powerbrokers that have large-scale influence over forest risk commodity supply chains, the Forest 500 holds companies, financial institutions, and governments accountable for their actions, highlighting forward-thinking commitments at the same time as shining a light on those yet to act.
The results and insights from the Forest 500 indicate shortcomings and gaps in powerbrokers’ commitments, highlighting where greater action is required to achieve overarching deforestation commitments. Specifically, the Forest 500 assesses 250 companies, 150 investors and lenders, 50 jurisdictions, and 50 other powerbrokers, each selected based on their exposure to forest risk commodity supply chains.
VISIPEC by the GIBBS LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENT LAB
GLUE have developed a full supply chain cattle visualization tool for the Brazilian Amazon called “VISIPEC” that combines the GTA and CAR. They have also evaluated the outcomes from the Soy Moratorium and Zero-Deforestation Cattle Agreements and have written the first papers on them.
The Gibbs Land Use and Environment Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a leading research group evaluating outcomes from public and private sector supply chain governance in the Brazil and beyond. They combine Big Data, econometrics, field surveys, spatial analysis and property-level supply chain data to identify challenges and solutions to strengthening supply chain initiatives.
IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative (“IDH”) convenes companies, CSOs, governments and others in public-private partnerships. Together, IDH drives the joint design, co-funding and prototyping of new economically viable approaches to realize green & inclusive growth at scale in commodity sectors and sourcing areas.
About IDH’s Landscapes program: The IDH Landscapes Program is active across 12 landscapes in 8 countries, where IDH brings together businesses, farmers, communities, governments, and civil society to build sustainable governance models. Through its three-pronged approach, IDH creates areas where agricultural products are grown sustainably (Production), forests are safeguarded (Protection), and farmers and communities thrive (Inclusion).
The Landscape Standard (LS) is an emerging tool to help drive landscape-scale sustainability. The LS will provide measurable indicators of the state and trajectory of sustainability at the landscape level across environmental, social, and economic dimensions. This landscape level application sets the LS apart from other sustainability standards, complementing sustainability efforts that target individual production sites, activities or sectors.
Goals and indicators at the global level will support targets and criteria tailored to the specific landscape context. Relative progress and absolute threshold indicators will enable reporting on both continuous improvement and compliance with sustainability commitments. This framework will provide data-based performance results to help generate incentives and finance that advance landscape sustainability actions.
The LS is developed and managed collaboratively by Verra, Rainforest Alliance and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Nature Conservation Research Centre, Proforest and Solidaridad, with input from abroad range of stakeholders.
Resourcetrade.earth - chatham house
resourcetrade.earth from Chatham House offers comprehensive and accessible data and insights into the dynamics of global resource trade, including agricultural, fishery and forestry products, fossil fuels, metals and other minerals, and pearls and gemstones.
Interactive visualizations allow users to interrogate resource trade flows between more than 200 countries and territories since the year 2000. Starting with data from UN Comtrade, resourcetrade.earth reconciles importer and exporter reports of trade in over 1,350 resource products, and reorganizes these in a natural resource hierarchy, permitting users to easily query data at varying degrees of granularity and aggregation.
A range of social and environmental indicators also contextualize the importance of resource trade to sustainable development trajectories, and where possible we provide an assessment of the land, water, and carbon dioxide embodied in particular trade flows. Expert analysis and insights on different facets of resource trade and its interdependencies also feature.
BVRio Institute is a non-profit association created in 2011 with the objective of developing market mechanisms to facilitate compliance with environmental laws. BVRio’s Responsible Timber Exchange is an online negotiations platform designed to promote the trading of legal and certified forest products. Integrated into the platform is a Due Diligence and Risk Assessment system to help buyers evaluate the supply chain of a timber consignment. For Brazil, the system uses a big data approach, bringing together and analysing information on legality (including risks of non-compliance with environmental and social requirements during extraction, processing and transportation); supply chain inconsistencies; and social aspects (such as abuses of labour legislation). The Responsible Timber Exchange has also been adapted for other tropical countries (e.g. Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia, Peru and Indonesia). BVRio is currently developing a Responsible Commodities Facility, an initiative to promote the production and trade of environmentally responsible soy from Brazil.
Satelligence cares about data, because we care about the planet. Forests disappear, population growth increases demand on food production and climate change challenges everything.
The Satelligence team has extensive experience in remote sensing, natural resource management, GIS, computer vision and machine learning. Moreover, with staff working around the globe, we know what’s going on in the field. Satelligence specializes in providing highly detailed, semi-automated satellite-based insights and actionable results over large areas. Satelligence has world class expertise on scalable processing of radar and optical satellite images to assess patterns and trends in forests, agriculture and water. We deliver smart forest & commodity analytics to verify, predict and decide.
Proforest is a unique non-profit group that works through a combination of consultancy services and programmes. Through our consultancy services we work directly with companies, supporting them in their transition to better practices. Our programmes build the enabling environment and address key barriers to better practices by fostering awareness of the issues and building local capacity and ownership of sustainability initiatives. By combining these two approaches we are uniquely placed to help bridge the gaps between business, governments and civil society, and to develop practical approaches to responsible production and sourcing that can help transform commodity sectors.
SPOTT – Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit – is an online platform supporting sustainable commodity production and trade. By tracking transparency, SPOTT incentivises the implementation of corporate best practice.
SPOTT assesses commodity producers and traders on the public disclosure of their policies, operations and commitments related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. SPOTT scores companies annually against sector-specific indicators, allowing them to benchmark their progress over time.
Investors, buyers and other key influencers can use SPOTT assessments to inform stakeholder engagement, manage risk, and increase industry transparency.
SPOTT is developed by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
Forest Trends created its Supply Change Initiative to provide freely available news, data, and analysis related to companies’ progress toward sustainable and deforestation-free supply chains. Collaborators include CDP, WWF. The online portal Supply-Change.org tracks supply chain commitments from hundreds of companies – from little-known producers and traders to consumer-facing brands – while comprehensive reports shine light on global trends, business developments, and ongoing challenges.
Forest Trends works to conserve forests and other ecosystems through the creation and wide adoption of a broad range of environmental finance, markets, and other payment and incentive mechanisms.
Forest Trends does so by:
- Providing transparent information on ecosystem values, finance, and markets through knowledge acquisition, analysis, and dissemination;
- Convening diverse coalitions, partners and communities of practice, to promote environmental values and advance development of new markets and payment mechanisms;
- Demonstrating successful tools, standards, and models of innovative finance for conservation.
Transitions is a sustainability consulting agency funded by former senior NGO managers. Transitions promotes and accompanies sustainable change in the public and private sector through the reinforcement of environmental and social responsibility in key agricultural and forestry supply chains such as palm oil, soy, coconut, cotton, fruits, pulp & paper, wood or rubber. Convinced that dialogue between stakeholders is a powerful lever for progress, Transitions facilitates discussions at the international level to overcome the challenges of complex supply chains and promote more sustainable models for the use of natural resources. We provide the following services to our clients: supply chain mapping towards transparency, risk assessment and due diligence of practices, conception of long-term responsible sourcing scenarios and procurement strategies, direct and indirect supplier empowerment towards compliance, external stakeholder engagement, development and coordination of sustainable field projects connected to the supply chain (smallholders, forest or peatland protection/rehabilitation, community livelihoods, carbon insetting, landscape approach), etc.
Trase is a partnership between the Stockholm Environment Institute and Global Canopy.
Trase seeks to transform our understanding of agricultural commodity supply chains by increasing transparency, revealing the links to environmental and social risks in tropical forest regions, and creating opportunities to improve the sustainability of how these commodities are produced, traded and consumed.
Recognising the value of forests and other tropical ecosystems, some governments, companies and investors have made ambitious commitments to achieve deforestation-free supply chains – some by as early as 2020. But the complexity and opacity of supply chains are major barriers to delivering on these – if the buyers don't know where their supply chains start or end, who is involved in them, or whether they are exposed to risks as a result, how can they take action to ensure they are sustainable?
Trase addresses this problem, using publicly available data to map the links between consumer countries via trading companies to the places of production in unprecedented detail. Trase can show how commodity exports are linked to agricultural conditions – including specific environmental and social risks – in the places where they are produced, allowing companies, governments and others to understand the risks and identify opportunities for more sustainable production.
Trase provides data at scale, free-of-charge, comprehensively mapping supply chains for key commodities from entire countries and regions. By 2021, Trase aims to map the trade of over 70% of total production in major forest risk commodities, catalysing a transformation in supply chain sustainability.