ISEAL launches consultation on jurisdictional and landscapes claims guide

Join ISEAL’s consultation on how best to support credible monitoring and communication of progress at a landscape or jurisdictional scale.

Until 15 July 2020, we are inviting all interested stakeholders to read and comment on the draft ‘ISEAL good practice guide on verification of jurisdictional claims’, join the online events, and share their expertise and experience.

Creating opportunities for scaling impact

The objective behind landscape and jurisdictional approaches is compelling: sustainability issues impacted by economic activities, such as deforestation, biodiversity loss and climate change are best addressed at a scale beyond individual enterprises.

A variety of market-focused jurisdictional frameworks, standards and tools are now under development. In parallel, a growing number of jurisdictional pilots implemented on the ground aim to achieve sustainability outcomes in specific geographies, often in close partnership with local governments and stakeholders.

Linking these initiatives to supply chains creates potential market incentives for improved performance and governance. For supply chain companies, these approaches are attractive in addressing fragmented production landscapes where many enterprises are having net negative impacts on the landscape. 

Wide ambitions need credible claims

However, any market information and claims about jurisdictional or landscape performance need to be based on rigorous and credible systems to avoid a new type of greenwashing.

So, we developed a draft good practice guide. The final guide will help ensure that sustainability claims made by jurisdictions, landscape initiatives and the companies that source from or support them, are credible.

This new guidance will be a practical tool for anyone implementing jurisdictional initiatives or developing a framework to support jurisdictional or landscape approaches – such as LandScale, IDH Verified Sourcing Areas, SAN Blueprint, and others.

How to join the consultation

Visit our consultation page, read the draft guide and provide feedback.

Take part in discussions at our upcoming events:
•    11 June 2020, ISEAL-TFA public webinar: How to make credible claims about jurisdictional progress
•    17 June 2020, ISEAL-UNDP GCC online workshop: Emerging good practices for jurisdictional verification and claims

Further information 

David D'Hollander, Associate Manager Policy and Innovations 

davidh@isealalliance.org