Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
11-01: Progress with Responsible Investment Pledges
Thursday, 23/Mar/2017:
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Session Chair: Mark Constantine, International Finance Corporation, United States of America
Location: Preston Auditorium



Assessing Company Progress with Implementing the New York Declaration on Forests

Jillian Gladstone

CDP North America, United States of America

In September 2014, the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) outlined 10 goals that provide endorsers with ambitious global targets to protect forests and end natural forest loss by 2030. This progress assessment focuses on Goal 2 – eliminating deforestation from agricultural commodity supply chains – and was conducted by the NYDF Assessment Partners, a coalition of civil society and research organizations. It develops a new framework for a comprehensive evaluation of efforts taken by private and public actors. Our findings show that the global supply-chain movement continues to gain momentum. Yet while pledges are increasing, more action is needed from all sectors. The overall impact on forests is currently impossible to assess, as there are no global data sets that link supply chain efforts to an actual reduction in deforestation. Companies interviewed for the assessment have experienced little improvements in public support and stakeholder dialogue, but highlighted specific examples of successful collaboration. It is clear that cross-sectoral cooperation will be necessary to move forward, and the NYDF can provide a platform to facilitate the implementation of such strategies.


Inclusive Business in Agriculture: Questions, Leverage Points and State of the Debate

Laura German

University of Georgia, United States of America

To be completed


Territorial governance in the era of corporate commitments to sustainability: Are new approaches able to reconcile sustainable commodity supply and fair partnerships in Brazil and Indonesia?

Pablo Pacheco

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia

Commercial agriculture is driving significant deforestation associated with oil palm and soy and beef supply. In order to ameliorate the social and environmental negative impacts, public and private policy responses have emerged. On the one hand, governments are implementing stringent land use and environmental policy and, on the other hand, private sector is adopting commodity-specific voluntary standards, and committing to ‘zero deforestation’. Progress was achieved in reducing deforestation in soy/beef production in Brazil, and the governments is regulating oil palm while companies are building deforestation-free supply chains in Indonesia. In both countries, the measures put in place by industry, along with state regulations may effectively reduce pressures on forests and support the uptake of sustainability practices but are limited to trigger the transition to sustainable land uses and fair partnerships, yet new approaches are attempting to reconcile them. These are: 1) supply chain interventions to produce and protect; 2) schemes to lower risks and de-risk investments, and; 3) jurisdictional approaches. This paper will assess the sustainability processes that adopted a commodity-specific perspective, and explore the avenues offered by emerging approaches. Lessons originate from cases in Sao Felix de Xingu and Paragominas in Para, and Central Kalimantan and Riau in Indonesia.


Commercial forest plantations in a landscape approach: The case of the Zambezia Landscape Program, Mozambique

Andre Aquino

World Bank, Mozambique

This presentation will address how the Zambezia Integrated Landscape Program in Mozambique is promoting territorial land use planning, and as such contributing to the development of small and medium commercial plantation in the region.