Request for Proposals

Landscape-level Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) reporting | Part 1

Rainforest Alliance is seeking a consultant to submit proposals for a study to assess existing and future requirements for landscape-level ESG insights by commodity companies and financial institutions


 

Summary Information

  • Department: Advocacy and Themes
  • Location(s): Remote
  • Commitment: 15 – 20 days
  • Desired start date and duration: June – August 2022
  • Under direction of: Senior Programme Manager, LandScale

 

Consultancy Summary

About the Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance, a New York-based 501(c)3, and UTZ, an Amsterdam-based foundation, merged in 2018. Together, the new Rainforest Alliance is now a $70 million per year organization with offices in 17 countries (and growing) and over 5000 staff. The merged organization has two main offices—one in Amsterdam and one in New York City.

 

The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities.

 

We work towards making responsible business the new normal through our certification program, tailored supply chain services, landscape and community work and advocacy.

 

Overview

LandScale (www.landscale.org) is an innovative new initiative, co-lead by the Rainforest Alliance, Verra and Conservation International, which aims to drive improvements in sustainability at landscape scale. To do this, we have developed a system, comprising an online platform, an assessment framework and detailed guidance, and a validation mechanism, to assess and communicate trusted information about sustainability outcomes at the landscape-level. The LandScale system is available to any organization convening, implementing or financing work to improve sustainability at landscape scale. This includes governments, NGOs, donors, financial institutions, companies producing or sourcing natural resource based commodities, and the developers of nature based solutions. The results of LandScale assessments are designed to help these organizations to do the following:

  • Identify risks and opportunities: A flexible approach to understand landscape trends that can inform decision making and drive positive impact
  • Convene stakeholders: A common language to align diverse stakeholders, identify shared goals, and catalyze cross-sectoral action
  • Connect to incentives: Credible insights to unlock a variety of policy, market, and financial incentive mechanisms

To realise this potential, we need to ensure that the results of LandScale assessments, the validation mechanism and associated claims are aligned with key existing and emerging ESG requirements in relation to risk assessment, corporate sustainability disclosure and impact reporting by commodity companies and financial institutions.


Scope of work and deliverables

Provide expert research, analysis, and insight regarding the current and potential requirements for landscape-level ESG information for the purposes of:

  1. Due-diligence, monitoring/impact assessment, and corporate sustainability disclosure by companies producing or sourcing natural-resource based commodities
  2. Risk assessment, monitoring and reporting by issuers and recipients of sustainability-focused or sustainability-linked bonds and loans
  3. Risk assessment, monitoring and reporting by investment funds focused on land or natural assets

 

This assessment should be based on the consultant’s own knowledge, insights from other experts (incorporated via interviews or other means) and a desktop review of the requirements of at least 5 of the regulations, policies and voluntary standards considered to be most influential in shaping demand for landscape ESG information for the purposes listed above. These policies and standards may include, but are not limited to, the following:

The regulations, policies and voluntary standards included in this review should be agreed with Rainforest Alliance prior to initiating the review.

 

Deliverables

  • A report which summarizes current demand for landscape ESG information for purposes 1, 2 and 3 listed above, and how this is likely to grow and change over the next 2 to 5 years. The requirements of the regulations, policies and voluntary standards included in this review should be included in an Annex and cover the following:
  • Current and foreseen requirements for landscape-level ESG data and the LandScale Indicators and metrics of greatest relevance to those requirements.
  • The existing and anticipated requirements for validation or verification of information that will be disclosed/reported in order to comply with each policy, regulation or voluntary reporting initiative
  • Current or foreseen requirements for documenting the effects of individual company actions or investments on landscape-level conditions or impacts

 

A list of contact details and a summary of the key points from all interviews conducted should also be provided as an Annex to the report.   

 

  • Up to two presentations or workshops with the LandScale team and key partners to discuss the findings of the research and the implications for the future development of the LandScale system.

General terms and conditions for Request for proposal

  • Proposals and/or any additional information received after the submission time and date are subject to rejection by The Rainforest Alliance. Incomplete proposals may be rejected by RA at its discretion.
  • The Rainforest Alliance reserves the right to request additional information at any time during the procurement process.
  • RA is at liberty to make multiple or no selections as part of the proposal process. RA also reserves the right to cancel the procurement.
  • All proposal costs shall be borne by the applicant and will not be reimbursed by RA.

 

Selection Criteria

  • Cost
  • Availability to conduct the assessment before the end of August 2022
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of emerging regulations, policies and standards in relation to corporate sustainability reporting for commodity companies and financial institutions

 

 

Proposal Process and Format

  • Proposals must be submitted to Sophie Persey by email (Spersey@ra.org) by no later than 5 June 2022
  • Proposals should include: 
  • Overview of the team and their CVs
  • Budget
  • Indicative workplan and timeline
  • Initial thoughts on the 5 – 10 regulations, policies & voluntary standard which would be analysed
  • Indication of individuals/organizations that would be consulted as part of this work, if any

 

 

Thank you for your interest in working with The Rainforest Alliance


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