The Sustainable Sourcing of Global Agricultural Raw Materials aims to assist food companies and other stakeholders by creating scientifically-validated frameworks and an interactive platform to advance sustainability in agricultural sourcing decisions. Our process involves a critical review of sustainability issues, best practices, and indicators of key dimensions of food system sustainability at field-level to global scale.
The following principles guide our work:
- The frameworks, indicators and other project outputs must be scientifically credible, appropriate for all the major categories of commodities in international agricultural trade, comprehensive in their conceptualization of sustainability, useful for the private sector, and legitimate in the eyes of civil society.
- They must also be flexible enough to be adapted to lessons learned from operational experience and emerging scientific insights regarding global food system sustainability.
Stakeholder involvement in the project design and testing is an integral part of ensuring the credibility and usefulness of our work. Our stakeholder involvement consists of:
- Technical Advisory Committee - This team assesses our project design and tools with a broad range of expertise in global agricultural sustainability
- Stakeholder Participants - Representing the targeted users of the Sustainable Sourcing Platform, our stakeholders help design project objectives and give feedback on the usefulness of user interfaces.
- Information Technology Participants – Coming from a variety of tech-focused industries, our IT participants help push the envelope with ways we can design and implement a complex platform of data and spatial analysis in a streamlined and accessible way.
We hosted our first major stakeholder meeting in December, 2012 and will host our first Information Technology meeting in August, 2013. Meeting reports, participant lists and other materials can be found here:
- December 2012 stakeholder meeting
- August 2013 IT meeting materials will be available in September
Continued Stakeholder Involvement
We will continue to involve a diverse group of stakeholders as the project moves forward. We are looking for interested individuals and organizations who focus on environmental and social advocacy, development policy, or global food and agriculture supply chains to help inform our process. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact us.