ISEAL, WWF and Rainforest Alliance are to launch a website that aims to provide a ‘robust repository’ of evidence of the impact and effectiveness of supply chain sustainability tools.
The website, Evidensia, is designed to meet the needs of business leaders, policy makers and researchers and bring together credible research into the effects and impact of sustainability initiatives to enable more informed decisions.
ISEAL will launch Evidensia at the Global Sustainability Standards Symposium on 18 June 2019 when Dr Gillian Petrokofsky from Oxford University and Laura Jungmann from Albert Heijn will present some of the evidence and information hosted on the website, and explain its benefits.
“Credible evidence should be at the heart of sustainability actions and decisions,” said ISEAL, WWF and Rainforest Alliance. “Currently, much of the available information is not presented in an easy to understand format that is useful for decision-oriented analysis. This makes it difficult for decision-makers to easily identify and understand what information already exists about the impacts, effectiveness and business value of sustainability initiatives.”
Evidensia will host evidence and information on a range of sustainability supply chain tools and approaches, including standards, company sourcing codes and jurisdictional approaches.
The content will cover a range of sustainability issues from climate change and deforestation to biodiversity and water conservation. It will be represented in a variety of formats including independent scientific studies, evaluation reports and case studies. It will be easily accessible and usable through a range of searching, filtering and mapping tools.
“Evidensia will support credible synthesis and communication of the evidence base and will actively disseminate findings to ensure a broad understanding of the effectiveness of different approaches to supporting sustainable supply chains,” said ISEAL, WWF and Rainforest Alliance.
“The site will also make it possible to clearly identify research gaps and priorities for researchers and funders, minimising the duplication or misalignment of research efforts.
“Through these efforts Evidensia will help companies and others identify and implement effective mechanisms for sustainable production and sourcing and will help improve the effectiveness of sustainability tools and approaches.”