About

Impact Alliance

The Impact Alliance is a voluntary collaboration between global sustainability programs with standards or benchmarks focused on producers at the beginning of the supply chain. Impact Alliance members work together to define, promote, and oversee the trading of Impact Incentives.

1

Vision

Wide-scale adoption of producer-level sustainability practices that are valued by the market.

2

Mission

Use Impact Incentives as a mechanism to deliver value for sustainability efforts to both ends of the supply chain.

3

Values

Collaboration, Integrity, Transparency.

Who is the Impact Alliance?

The founding members of the Impact Alliance are Textile Exchange (leather and cotton), Proterra (soy and sugar) and Global Food Partners (eggs), the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (beef). The Alliance is open to other global sustainability programs with credible standards or benchmarks that share the mission and goals of the Alliance.

 

What will the Impact Alliance do?

The role of the Impact Alliance is to protect and promote the value of Impact Incentives, drive their use, and collect and report on the collective outcomes of all of their activity. The Alliance sets the core principles behind Impact Incentives and Impact Partnerships, and sets the rules for the registration and sale of Incentives.

 

How does the Impact Alliance work with the Incentive Trading Platform?

The Incentive Trading Platform (ITP) is an IT Platform that manages the registrations and transfers of Impact Incentives. ChainPoint and ACT Commodities are partnering to develop and run the platform.

Members

Responsible Leather and Cotton

Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with our members to drive industry transformation in preferred fiber, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. We identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population. We are using Impact Incentives as part of our Leather Impact Accelerator work and our work with organic cotton right now, and are looking at the potential to use Incentives with other input materials.

Responsible Soy and Sugar

The Proterra program is designed to create initial and necessary incentives to facilitate the isolated flow of Non-GMO sustainable certified soy and sugar gradually. In addition, specific social and ecological improvements at producer level can be achieved with the premiums received from the buyer (brands, retail).

Responsible Beef

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance continuous improvement in sustainability of the global beef value chain through leadership, science and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

Commercial Layer Welfare

Global Food Partners (GFP) is a multinational consulting firm that works with food and hospitality businesses to develop, implement and report high animal welfare and responsible sourcing policies.

GFP provides on-farm support for egg farmers to transition to higher welfare production systems that meet animal welfare certification and standards, with a focus on sustainable, economically-viable cage-free egg production.

Partners

ACT Commodities

Within ACT we are determined to find the best solution to help businesses worldwide source responsibly and reach their sustainability goals. With more than ten years of experience and being leaders in environment-related commodities, we have built an unrivalled expertise and network that gives our clients access to a complete range of services.

Sustainable Supply Chains

ChainPoint provides a software platform for monitoring and securing supply chains. The company supports traceability, supply chain mapping, reporting and more in one single secure system. ChainPoint has been working with supply chains in various industries and commodities for over fifteen years.

Impact Areas

Impact Incentives set minimum expectations for various issues relating to sustainability. The term “Impact Incentive” can only be used when these expectations are verified as being met. Additional issues will be added over time.

Animal Welfare

Impact Incentives are used to support producers that are verified to standards that meet or exceed a baseline of animal welfare that aligns with the OIE guidelines. Many producers will comply with standards that go beyond this, and the individual Impact Alliance members may give recognition to higher thresholds.

Deforestation & Conversion-Free

Impact Incentives and Impact Partnership Incentives can be used to support farms that are verified to meet the Accountability Framework definitions of Zero Gross Deforestation and Conversion.

Because the Impact Alliance represents multiple sectors, we have the opportunity to amplify impacts in high-risk landscapes. For example, incentives can be sold for soy, beef and cattle in the Amazon Biome.

“Our participation in Impact Alliance will be an important tool for our clients and partners who are working to meet their cage-free egg commitments.”

Jayasimha Nuggehalli - Chief Operating Officer, Global Food Partners (GFP)

“ChainPoint is a software platform that supports different Chain of Custody models, including Book & Claim. We are proud to deliver the Impact Incentives platform for multiple commodity trading.”

Johan Zandbergen - Chief Executive Officer, ChainPoint

“Whether you want to achieve emission reduction commitments or voluntary targets, we'll find the right solution that fits your needs. We believe in the one-stop shop approach by the Impact Alliance and are fully committed to contribute our services world-wide”

Bram Bastiaansen - Chief Executive Officer, ACT Commodities

“The purpose of the Impact Alliance completely fits with our mission to advance, support, and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability of the global beef value chain through multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration.”

Ruaraidh Petre - Chief Executive Officer, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB)

"ProTerra soy and sugar Impact Incentives are an efficient tool to help farms improve their agricultural practices and to promote and support sustainable non-GMO production through Impact Incentive premiums."

Emese Brosz - Chief Executive Officer, Proterra Foundation

"The concept for Impact Incentives came about when Textile Exchange was asked to develop a solution for brands to address animal welfare in their leather supply chains. Given the cost and complexity of developing a traceability solution, we realized there needed to be a more efficient solution."

Anne Gillespie - Director of Impact Acceleration, Textile Exchange & Chair Impact Alliance

"Textile Exchange partners with other organizations and businesses to connect them to a powerful community and enable them to take action that is driving transformational change. Hence our role as initiators of the Impact Alliance!"

LaRhea Pepper - Chief Executive Officer, Textile Exchange

"The connection between producers and big companies through an Incentive platform, is one of the most disruptive solutions for protecting ecosystems in private lands."

Charton Locks - Head of Operations, Produzindo Certo

"Impact Incentives allow to leverage impact on the ground with a cost effective innovative concept applicable across multiple commodities and sustainability initiatives."

Lieven Callewaert - Impact Alliance coordinator

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