A variety of factors influence whether a corporate sustainability commitment “works” – in other words, whether it successfully achieves its intended sustainability outcomes across targeted geographies and supply chain actors.
The Research Fund convened a small group of researchers to develop a framework of the contextual factors that influence the effectiveness of corporate sustainability commitments. The framework offers us a better understanding of when and why supply chain sustainability initiatives adopted by companies and producers in the forestry and food sectors improve conservation and sustainability outcomes.
The framework identifies several categories of influencing factors, including the commitment ambition and coverage (e.g., desired outcomes, stringency, and reach of proposed changes), the implementation mechanisms (e.g., the type of incentive, implementation timeline and procedures for verifying), and implementation context (e.g., market or supply chain characteristics, producer and household attributes).
The next round of research supported by the Research Fund will apply the framework to explore the influence and interplay of these factors on the capacity of supply chain commitments to achieve their anticipated outcomes.