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Increasing Business Engagement in Integrated Landscape Approaches


While sustainability initiatives in agribusiness and the food industry have grown dramatically over the past two decades, this work has focused primarily on ensuring sustainable supply chains—ensuring specific farms and forests producing raw materials are operating sustainably.

Unfortunately, less effort has been made to demonstrate the business benefits for participation in multi-stakeholder, integrated landscape management. Private sector companies have not been widely engaged as partners in landscape management initiatives that are led by international bodies, governments or civil society.


The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative together with private and non-private sector collaborators aims to document key principles of business engagement for an integrated landscape approach. This will contribute to strengthen and support existing landscape initiatives’ business engagement activities in the field, and cultivate a set of innovative business leaders for new partnerships in landscape-scale action. 


The Initiative’s business engagement strategy is guided by an active working group of key partners and a strategic advisory committee of business leaders and industry experts.

  • Through review and analysis work, the Initiative will produce a compelling set of “business case” documents that identify when and how participation in integrated landscape management initiatives may help the private sector advance business objectives.
  • The Initiative will promote an enabling environment for business participation by identifying and strengthening at least three existing landscape initiatives’ multi-stakeholder processes in the field.
  • Finally, the Initiative will equip and mobilize influential business leaders and eco-standards bodies to incorporate landscape approaches. Specifically, Initiative partners are organizing an event for business leaders and practitioners entitled, “Landscape Approaches for Triple Bottom-line Benefits” as part of the Sustainable Food Lab’s Annual Leadership Summit in April of 2013.


The Initiative is seeking collaboration with the following groups and organizations:

  • Business managers and decision makers, such as corporate sustainability officers, supply chain managers, forecasters, and others.
  • Business partners and platforms that have legitimacy within the agribusiness sector, such as the Sustainable Food Lab, the World Economic Forum, World Cocoa Foundation, SAI Platform, International Finance Corporation, and the Prince’s International Sustainability Unit; and
  • Eco-standards organizations and initiatives such as the commodity roundtables, Rainforest Alliance, and the ISEAL Alliance. 
  • Landscape managers from public and civic sectors.

The Initiative’s business working group includes organizations working at the intersection of agriculture, biodiversity conservation and trade, such as Conservation International, Rainforest Alliance, Solidaridad, African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna and Flora International, and EcoAgriculture Partners.

For more information please contact Lee Gross (EcoAgriculture Partners).

Photo credit: Nathan Dappen/EcoAgriculture Partners
Photo credit: Nathan Dappen/EcoAgriculture Partners

New TOR: Deadline August 2, 2013

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To get involved with the work of the Business Working Group, or to request business engagement materials, please contact Lee Gross (EcoAgriculture Partners).


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