The Landscape Standard and the Financial Sector: Refining the value proposition and identifying partnership opportunities
Overview of the Landscape Standard
Business-as-usual models of agriculture and natural resource extraction continue to degrade water, soils, and ecosystems while poverty persists and the effects of climate change intensify. Efforts to reverse these trends within individual production areas or supply chains will not be effective if unsustainable use of natural resources continues within the wider landscape. Coordinated action on landscape-scale sustainability is imperative to achieve shared goals of sustainable livelihoods, ecosystems and supply chains.
To respond to this need, the Landscape Standard (LS) will provide a scientifically rigorous yet practical framework to assess the state and trajectory of sustainability within a landscape – which could be a jurisdiction, watershed or eco-region. The standardized framework and quality assurance will enable benchmarking and comparison across different regions. Producers, governments, businesses and investors will use the LS to track and demonstrate progress towards landscape-scale sustainability commitments. The LS will also help businesses to understand the sustainability risks and opportunities associated with sourcing from or investing in a particular landscape. By providing credible performance data to inform sourcing and investment decisions, LS will link market incentives to ongoing improvements in sustainability performance at the landscape level, motivating stakeholders to work together towards improved landscape sustainability.
The LS is a collaborative initiative led by Rainforest Alliance (RA), Verra and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC), Proforest, and Solidaridad, with input from a broad range of stakeholders. Further background information on the LS is available here.
Objective of the consultancy
The objective of this consultancy is to determine how to create enabling conditions for the LS to be widely used by the financial sector. This will include; researching, refining and validating LS’s value proposition for this sector, providing recommendations on features and functionality that would help to maximise the value of LS for this sector, and identifying key influencers and strategic partners that would help to drive uptake of LS.
The consultant or organisation should have:
- Experience of working in or closely with different types of organisations within the finance sector, including commercial banks, development finance institutions, wealth management funds, bond issuers and impact investors
- An understanding of certification standards and impact assessment frameworks
- A comprehensive understanding of trends and initiatives in sustainable finance
- A good network of contacts in sustainable finance
Due Diligence - RA will conduct a due diligence of the selected consultant to ensure there is no breach of any Anti-corruption & Trade Law.
Donor Requirements - The selected consultant must comply with anti-corruption laws worldwide, and other donor expectations such as “Zero Tolerance Requirements”.
Applicants are requested to submit the following documents to Sophie Persey, Senior Manager, Landscape Standard by email (Spersey@ra.org) by no later than 31 May 2019.
- A covering letter, of no more than 2 pages, which provides a summary of the consultant or organisations relevant experience, expertise and contacts
- A work plan, which includes clear timelines and the person responsible
- CVs for each member of the project team
- A fixed price budget, which details daily rates and expenses