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Value chain or "Scope 3" emissions are often the largest source of corporate carbon footprints, yet to date they have been the lowest area of focus for most companies. Many have not taken direct action in value chains due to a number of barriers, including a lack of guidance on how to account for the reductions from investments in their supply chains.

With support from EIT Climate-KIC, Gold Standard and its partners have developed the Value Change Programme, which features practical tools that remove barriers to addressing value chain emissions.

Working Groups have been established for Corporates to pilot and test these tools and guidance in the context of their own environments. This approach provides a feedback channel for new iterations, offers participants capacity building and support in its application, and allows for the development of context-specific applications and case studies.

Working group members already feature top food & beverage and apparel organisations, including seven Fortune 500 companies.

FOUNDING PARTNERS

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INTERVENTIONS GUIDANCE WORKING GROUP

This group co-founded the programme, developing guidance that ensures value chain interventions are recognised and included in reporting towards performance targets.

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AGRICULTURE WORKING GROUP

Focusing on corporates with significant scope 3 emissions within the agricultural sector, this working group further tested the applicability of the new Value Chain interventions guidance. For a summary of progress, challenges and recommended next steps read the Value Change Programme Interim Report>>

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10 November 2018
Soil Carbon Guidance
Guide
TEXTILES WORKING GROUP

Leading apparel companies with significant scope 3 commitments, will continue testing the guidance in the context of the textiles industry. Initial working group members include Levi Strauss, Nike, Target, VF Corporation and C&A.

Future working groups under consideration include:

  • Finance
  • IT
  • Transport
  • Pulp & paper

We launched a pilot certification process for value chain projects and programmes initiated by companies aiming to include the quantified impacts towards their corporate scope 3 inventories. Piloting involves a recognition that there may be some changes to approaches, requirements and assessment to accommodate first movers and develop an understanding of new areas of application of Gold Standard.

Outputs
  • Pilot projects can reach Pilot Design and Performance Certification, depending on level of progress of the project assessed. This means that SustainCERT considers that the project is in line with Gold Standard for the Global Goals and relevant sections of the Value Chain Interventions Guidance while recognising that there may be certain departures from normal requirements and processes, as noted above.
  • The lessons learned from piloting will directly influence both the Guidance and Gold Standard for the Global Goals.

The scope of pilot certification is limited, as described in the Terms of Reference to the boundary of the targeted intervention. This means that the assessment will consider the actions and activities undertaken directly as part of the intervention, including how the Gold Standard principles of safeguarding, inclusivity and sustainable development relate to the specific interventions rather than to broader company efforts.

 CASE STUDIES 

ValueChange case study:
Carbon positive by 2025 makes business sense

Barry Callebaut’s ‘Forever Chocolate’ programme plans to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. Read this case study to see how the world’s leading chocolate supplier is helping to ensure future supplies of cocoa, providing measurable climate benefits and improving productivity and farmer livelihoods.

(View the Case study by clicking on the image below)

Barry Callebaut Carbon positive by 2025 makes business sense

ValueChange case study:
Mars' soil-smart wheat chain

Mars, Gold Standard and Sustainable Food Lab are helping Australian farmers measure and reduce net greenhouse gas emissions from wheat. Read this case study to find out how this initiative has improved soil health, created greater resilience to weather shocks, produced higher yields and reduced net GHG emissions.

(View the Case study by clicking on the image below)

Carbon Counts for a Soil-Smart Wheat Supply Chain in Australia

 
Get involved

For any questions about the programme, existing or future working groups, or the pilot programme, please send an email to platform@goldstandard.org