A Company Roadmap for Effective Company Landscape Action and Claims



Why should companies invest in landscape monitoring?

A growing number of companies understand that to make measurable progress on the sustainability issues that matter, collective action is needed at a scale that goes beyond project boundaries. Companies are investing in landscape action to secure their sourcing product, meet their business sustainability goals, and reduce socio-ecological risks. Monitoring is an integral part of that investment because it provides the context for knowing whether the actions are achieving their intended impacts.

Companies can benefit from coordinated landscape monitoring in the following ways:

  • Provides evidence to substantiate claims and communications. Provides credible evidence of the work being done and transparency on progress achieved, which is required to substantiate action and performance claims and communications. This is particularly important for complying with emerging regulatory and reporting obligations, e.g., EU Green Claims Directive, Science-Based Targets for Nature from SBTN.
  • Strengthens alignment. Helps to ensure that actions and interventions across stakeholder groups in the landscape or jurisdiction are aligned and are contributing to collective landscape goals. This also helps companies to build and retain trust with local stakeholders.
  • Improves effectiveness. Provides insights into the effectiveness of collective action to address systemic issues like deforestation, biodiversity loss, and human rights. Knowing what is working or not enables companies, project implementers, multistakeholder platforms, and local governments to employ adaptive management at project and landscape scales.
  • Delivers cost efficiencies. Enables companies to share the cost of monitoring and reduce duplication in what is being monitored, reducing the burden for each individual participant.

Company roles and responsibilities

The goal of all landscape monitoring systems is to have good quality, consistent, validated data about actions taken and landscape-scale performance change over time. Monitoring is a shared responsibility that engages companies, local governments and other stakeholders and is an integral part of any landscape investment. Companies that invest in landscape initiatives have the following monitoring responsibilities:

Relationships between landscape monitoring system elements

Read the full position paper on Company responsibilities for supporting credible landscape monitoring? for more information on each responsibility.

Supporting links:

Please note the supporting tools and resources were developed by different organisations or collaborations and are not collectively endorsed by the organisations participating in this roadmap.