Why work in landscapes?
Because no one can do it alone. True transformation of supply chains won’t happen by addressing one commodity, one company and one issue at a time – especially if others in the region are not also working to change how their actions impact people and nature.
The approach is an evolution of TFT’s 17 years guiding companies on journeys of change. TFT and its members have made great progress bringing transparency and traceability to several of the world’s leading commodity supply chains. But many of the most biodiverse ecosystems, and the people who depend on them, are at risk.
To speed and scale our impact, we are bringing our members together to work alongside other stakeholders to find solutions that meet present livelihood needs, provide a sustainable economic future, maximise the preservation of forests and other key habitats, and are designed and implemented with the free, prior and informed consent of local communities.
To learn more, see activities & tools for landscape transformation below, or see our priority areas page.
Activities & Tools for Landscape Transformation
TFT brings 17 years of expertise, close working relationships with the biggest players in commodity supply chains, and a number of innovative tools and techniques to its work transforming landscapes.
Early experience has already demonstrated to us the importance of being attentive to the unique circumstances and challenges present in each landscape.
Specific activities undertaken will therefore depend on an analysis of needs within a particular area, including: identifying where ecosystems and communities are potentially at risk within the landscape; mapping stakeholders and consulting with key players to identify shared goals and concerns; and collaboratively determining potential roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder in the landscape.
For its part, TFT has several tools and techniques it sees as relevant to the work of achieving true transformation within landscapes, depending on the needs of the particular site. These include:
The Rurality initiative aims to enhance smallholder resilience in the face of increasingly unpredictable climate and market conditions. Rurality will engage and empower farmers and communities through value-creation activities, sustainable agricultural practices, and improved livelihoods.
Kumacaya, a new initiative, will deliver truly independent monitoring and verification by harnessing the power of local civil society to track and report on the delivery of industry commitments on sustainable sourcing.
Starling, a new satellite mapping initiative will help track and monitor deforestation and degradation in unprecedented detail.
The Centre of Social Excellence (CSE)
The Centre of Social Excellence is TFT’s educational facility for training on deforestation and community and worker exploitation. CSE workshops and trainings can empower stakeholders to participate in land-use planning activities.
Change ‘labs’ drive stakeholder engagement and collaborative leadership by bringing together key actors for guided conversation and strategic planning to uncover challenges, identify common ground, and develop concrete action plans for moving forward. These labs help create the flexible, iterative strategic planning needed for successful multi-stakeholder land-use planning.
Tools for transformation (T4T)
A suite of resources to facilitate improvement in suppliers’ operational practices, the T4T will help scale-up transformation through self-assessments and online support.
The ART Plan
The ‘Aggregator Refinery Transformation’ or ‘ART’ Plan, addresses key challenges particular to the palm oil industry by using the relatively small number of refineries within palm oil supply chains to influence the very large number of mills and plantations that supply products to those refineries. ART can help stakeholders identify clusters of mills to work with on deep transformation in pilot landscapes where palm oil is a key commodity.
Intensive Support for Transformation (i-SFT)
Intensive Support for Transformation (i-SFT) is a flexible supplier assistance model. . It aims to address knowledge gaps and limited resources and to help guide suppliers towards localised solutions to social and environmental issues in the palm oil supply chain. I-SFT does this through assessments, training and monitoring to support improving practices.
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