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IDH series on the business case for companies to engage in landscape approaches

We are delighted to present the first set of case studies from a new IDH series on the business case for companies to engage in landscape approaches. These cases document the experience of companies that use a multi-stakeholder coordinated approach to meet sustainability targets, and identify the related key business benefits.

On the IDH website, you will find a short article that summarizes the findings from these case studies as well as the cases themselves. We hope you enjoy the reading and find the cases useful!

Sustainable beef production in Brazil with São Marcelo Farms

After over thirty years of strong supplier engagement, cattle ranch and family business São Marcelo is seeking to support the increase in production of sustainable, zero-deforestation, traceable beef in order to meet cus­tomer demand for such products.

It does so by engaging in a landscape approach via the Produce, Conserve, Include (PCI) regional compact convened by IDH in the Juruena Valley, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The Compact seeks to transform the region into a verified sourcing area for cattle and family agriculture products, through public and private partnership and engagement, generating income for the local population while conserving forests.

Read more about the case here.

Sustainable coffee production in Vietnam with Louis Dreyfus Company

Declining production and product quality due to the impact of climate change on natural resources has driven the Coffee Platform of Louis Dreyfus Company to join IDH’s Initiative for Sustainable Landscape Approach (ISLA) in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

ISLA sees Louis Dreyfus Company join forces with its coffee-producing competitors on the Landscape Steering Committee in Lam Dong province. The initiative aims to mitigate risks regarding future supply and provides a platform to discuss with government about policy changes beneficial for the future of their business.

Read more about the case here.

Sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia with Bumitama Agri Ltd.

After establishing its No Deforestation policy in August 2015, Indonesian oil palm grower Bumitama Agri Ltd. conducted a risk analysis leading to a decision to participate in a landscape approach in the Ketapang district of West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The Bumitama Biodiversity and Community Project (BBCP), convened by IDH and implemented with Aidenvironment, sees Bumitama work with multiple tiers of government and other stakeholders, to formally conserve a wildlife corridor connecting the Sungai Putri peat swamp and the Gunung Tarak protected forest. The company also works with local communities to establish land-use plans for eight villages in and surrounding the corridor.

This case study documents the business case for Bumitama to adopt a landscape approach in this context.

Read more about the case here.

Sustainable cocoa production in Ghana with Touton

Declining production due to climate change on ageing cocoa fields has driven trading company Touton to engage in a landscape approach in the Bia West and Juabeso districts in West­ern Ghana. The approach sees Touton working closely with Ghana’s Cocoa Board and other government bodies to establish a landscape forest governance framework, find solutions to land tenure challenges and develop a Climate-Smart Cocoa (CSC) standard.

The company intends to report to its partners on sustainability outcomes at the landscape scale using the standard in the coming years, while simultaneously contributing to the government’s efforts to meet its REDD+ commitments. The approach seeks to mitigate risks regarding future supply and provides a platform to work in partnership with the government for a ‘win-win’ solution.

Read more about the case here.


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