Landscape Sourcing: Sustainable business using the landscape approach



As environmental pressures intensify, companies are facing looming threats regarding the reliability, quality and quantity of supply chain inputs. Forward-thinking companies have recognised that the environmental and social impact of their operations cannot be solved by site-based approaches alone. Landscape approaches can address these important gaps in sustainability planning by taking a more holistic methodology.

This report makes a case for how the business sector can support, and benefit from, landscape approaches as a supplement to promoting sustainability within supply chains. Specifically, the authors define landscape sourcing as product sourcing that contributes positively to the goals of a sustainable landscape through credible product certification coupled with consideration of social and ecological implications of management at landscape scale.

While committing to a landscape approach is a serious decision for any business, the authors believe there are sound arguments to support this concept, including:

  • Engaging a wider set of stakeholders who can support successful businesses
  • Sharing and thereby reducing costs that would be higher if bourne independently
  • Reducing brand and reputation through addressing unsustainable practices and preventing bad publicity associated with them
  • Jointly tackling ecosystem risks that can impact company assets and operations – such as water failure, floods, soil erosion or wildfire
  • Avoiding “leakage” of impacts from one site or ecosystem to another
  • Addressing issues which need combined action and cannot be solved at site-based level alone such as: legislative and regulatory needs; vulnerability from poorly planned or insufficient infrastructure; and ensuring shared services
  • Increasing access to larger-scale public funding and private investment

Landscape Sourcing: Sustainable business using the landscape approach

Landscape Sourcing: Sustainable business using the landscape approach

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