In the real world
Key points for companies
External conditions that improve likelihood of success
- For traceability systems:
- An independent third party with technical capacity to develop a tracing system.
- Appropriate training and technology for all actors who need to contribute data to the system and use data produced by the system
- Capacity to gather data (particularly those which are often only available to the government) and to develop digitized maps
- For landscape/jurisdiction-level certification systems:
- Availability of credible international commodity certification standards and bodies for the commodities produced in the landscape/jurisdiction, to serve as a reference point and source of technical guidance.
- A public, non-profit, private, or multi-stakeholder entity based in the landscape/jurisdiction that is willing and able to develop and operate a certification system.
- Significant potential benefits for producers and supply chain partners from participating in certification at the landscape/jurisdictional level.
The business case for this intervention
- Access to landscape/jurisdiction-level traceability and/or certification systems increases the effectiveness of company investments in an L/JI and can reduce company costs for tracing and certifying commodities produced in the region.
- Joint tracing/certification levels the playing field and makes it harder for laggards to free ride on the sustainable sourcing efforts of leading companies.
- Better information from tracing can identify areas where commodities are not being produced sustainably, and certification can identify trouble spots within the landscape/jurisdiction, making it easier for L/JI partners to target resources and strategies.