Call for partners: How to gain critical insights into sustainability profiles of agri products?

In many food value chains, more than 70% of environmental & social sustainability impacts relate to farm level and surrounding landscapes. This drives rising private sector commitments on supply chain sustainability, while national & EU legislation (incl. Due Diligence) is underway or extended.
Info on sustainability profiles of agri products is incomplete and fragmented at different sources, especially the ones originating from emerging countries. This PPP aims to generate sustainability profiles for >100 product-country combinations and subnational results for >15 countries.

The Netherlands plays a central role in imports and re-exports of key agri commodities such as cocoa, palm oil, coffee, soy and many others. For many years, public and private sector organizations have worked on improving transparency of the sustainability profile for these agri commodities (e.g. using certification schemes), but still many gaps exist in terms of sustainability risk and impact insights. In short: we have a general view on the agri commodity flows and to some extent the origination of these products. However, we lack key coherent insights on the sustainability risks and impacts such as human rights violations, deforestation, water stress and other material topics, as they are fragmented over different sources.

This PPP aims to generate a robust, scalable overview of key sustainability risk & impact hotspots of agri trade flows. This, to improve prioritization and serve as critical input in the early phases of due diligence processes and sustainable sourcing management.

Our approach

To generate scalable insights on risks and impacts, we will run four generic steps to for each of the agri commodity flows in scope:

  1. Origination: what is known? E.g. from soy farm to Brazilian port to Port of Amsterdam
  2. Examine material sustainability themes and their inter-relation (i.e. how one sustainability risk relates to the other)
  3. KPIs: Define KPIs (risk and impact scores) for each theme separately and test feasibility with data availability.
  4. Generate scalable risk and impact levels: Estimate risk and impact scores by combining public sources (or smart combinations of these to estimate these) as input for prioritization.

In addition, we will link farm level drivers with sustainability hotspots and show their sensitivity, and aim to adjust robustness of the hotspot scores depending on the level of origination data, while also enabling sustainability comparisons of agri commodities between different originations (i.e. within a country or between countries). We aim to complement these insights with the relevant contextual info on legislation and certification schemes, including its sustainability coverage.

Want to join us?

We aim to build a coalition of 5-10 partners with a combination of potential users of the information (e.g. agri producers & traders, ports, F&B producers, retail & food service, financials) and knowledge partners with relevant expertise, databases and sustainability tools.

Collaborate with key stakeholders in sensitive agri commodity supply chains to have all key sustainability insights at one place:

It will enable prioritization of hotspots and input for possible actions, as we will also show the link of farm level drivers of these sustainability hotspots, show sensitivity (e.g. GHG with(out) land clearing), include segmented insights within countries and benchmarks of agri flows.