Request for Proposals

Landscape-level Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) reporting | Part 2

Rainforest Alliance is seeking an impact assessment specialist to submit proposals for a desktop review to identify existing tools and methodologies that could be leveraged to attribute improvements in sustainability at landscape-level to actions at the sub-landscape level


 

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

There is potential for the information generated by LandScale assessments to be used as the basis for a wide variety of market mechanisms (eg. fungible or non-fungible ecosystem services assets, preferential sourcing contracts), financial instruments (eg. sustainability linked loans, green bonds and impact funds) and reporting/disclosure frameworks (eg. Science Based Targets for Nature, Nature Related Financial Disclosures, new sustainability regulations) that can incentivize the actions needed to deliver improvements in sustainability at landscape scale. To realise this potential, we need to develop mechanisms and/or tools to assess and communicate the contribution of individual actions within the landscape to outcomes achieved at the landscape level for which there could be multiple drivers. For example, if a Nature Based Solution Project Developer invests in restoration of riparian zones along 100km of river, what can they say regarding the contribution this has made to the improvement in water quality that has been documented by the LandScale assessment at the level of the watershed? If the number of school aged children in education increased by 20% in a jurisdiction, to what extent could this improvement be attributed to the 3 schools that were built by the palm oil company operating in that jurisdiction? 

Scope of work and deliverables

 

  1. Through a mixture of desktop research and interviews, identify existing methodologies, scenario models or tools that that could be used to credibly demonstrate the contribution (either qualitatively or quantitatively) of activities or interventions at the sub-landscape level to measurable improvements in Environmental, Social, Governance and Production outcomes at the landscape level.
  2. Based on a detailed review of the LandScale system and the results of pilot assessments conducted to date, as well as calls with pilot organizations as needed, provide worked examples of how the methodologies, scenario models or tools identified could be used to demonstrate the contribution of specific activities or interventions at the sub-landscape level to outcomes at the landscape level.

 

Deliverables

  • A short report which, for each tool, methodology and scenario model identified, provides the following:
  1. Details of the tool or methodology, including the organization that developed it and how it can be accessed
  2. The LandScale Indicators/Metrics to which it is applicable
  3. The types of activities of interventions to which it is applicable
  4. If it can provide a qualitative or quantitative assessment of how an action links to improvements in a specific landscape-level outcome
  5. A short summary of how the tool or methodology could be applied or modified
  6. Where applicable, a case study showing how it could be applied in the context of LandScale

 

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 expertise in impact assessment and scenario modelling

 

 

Proposal Process and Format

  • Proposals must be submitted to Sophie Persey by email (Spersey@ra.org) by no later 5 June 2022.
  • Proposals should include: 
  • Overview of the team and their CVs
  • Budget
  • Indicative workplan and timeline
  • Initial ideas regarding the tools and methodologies that may be relevant
  • 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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