One of the most important recent developments in the governance of land use has been the emergence of corporate, supply chain interventions to improve environmental and social sustainability. Actors across many commodity supply chains have made explicit pledges to achieve an end to deforestation within their supply chains. Now, practitioners within companies are grappling to ensure that implementation of these pledges maximizes on-the-ground impacts and reduces deforestation, while the scientific community is interested in quantifying these impacts and developing theory around what constitutes effective zero-deforestation commitment design and implementation.
This panel discussion will gather industry representatives to reflect on their experiences, including challenges and successes, with implementation of zero-deforestation commitments. The panel will provide diverse perspectives by including representatives from a variety of commodities (e.g., cacao, palm oil, beef) and points within the supply chain (e.g., producers, traders, manufacturers, retailers).
By convening this immersive panel with two associated research presentation sessions, we hope to facilitate a dialogue between the scientific community and practitioners implementing policy within individual companies. We believe that this dialogue will yield two important benefits. First, the research community will refine its research trajectory through improved understanding of corporate motivations to adopt commitments, the rationale for choosing certain implementation mechanisms, and corporate experiences with implementation. Second, increased exposure to emerging scientific research on commitments will empower industry representatives to work more closely with the scientific community to measure the impact of their efforts and may help them better design and implement supply chain policies that achieve reduced deforestation.
Session Organizers: Robert Heilmayr, Ximena Rueda, and Kimberly Carlson