Engaging with Landscape Initiatives: A Practical Guide for Supply Chain Companies
Many companies are seeking to work directly with initiatives to improve environmental and social outcomes in production landscapes. This can be complex since commodities are often sourced from multiple origins, which bring various opportunities, risks and contexts. At the same time landscape or jurisdictional initiatives are being developed in many different places with different structures. They may be led by a variety of stakeholders, including government and civil society organisations, for different purposes.
How a company engages with landscape initiatives depends partly on the company’s position in the supply chain. Downstream companies (manufacturers, brands, retailers) often source from many different landscapes in different countries and first need to identify where to engage and what initiatives would be appropriate. Upstream companies (producers, mills and traders) are closer to the production landscape and may want to engage directly with known, on-the-ground initiatives in their operational location.
This guide is divided into two sections. Part 1 is aimed at helping downstream companies to identify where to start engaging with landscape initiatives. Part 2 is guidance on how to engage with a landscape initiative and will be useful for all companies that already know where they will work.