Achieving, measuring and communicating impact
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Achieving social and environmental impact at field level is the ultimate goal of all initiatives for sustainable production and trade. Impact therefore is a major concern for practitioners involved in setting up sustainable value chains, for businesses that sell sustainable produce, and for voluntary sustainability standards. There is plenty of insight and relevant experience how to achieve impact, how to measure it, and how to communicate it. However, there are also plenty of issues and challenges to be addressed.
In order to advance on this topic we propose sharing ideas and lessons learnt along the following lead questions:
1. How to ensure that sustainable production and value chains achieve real impact at field level?
In order to enrich the discussion we will share ideas and conclusions from the ISEAL 2015 Global Sustainability Standards Conference “A Roadmap to change” (20-22 May in Berlin) where several sessions deal with the impact topic.
Several recent studies that assessed the impact of different sustainability standards found that certification to a standard does not automatically lead to impact at field level. Let’s therefore start with an impact hypothesis that we propose for debate:
“Training producers and verifying their compliance with sustainability standards are important for achieving impact at field level. However, they only unfold their full potential if combined with measures to address key obstacles, and economic incentives to implement changes in the production system.”
Do you agree or disagree with this impact hypothesis? What needs to be done to ensure that sustainable production and value chains achieve real impact at field level?
Atteindre, mesurer et communiquer l’impact
May 15, 2015 13:08