Impact Incentives

Impact Incentives are an evolution of the book & claim or credit trading systems. Incentives are issues to producers that meet a set of sustainability criteria (eg: zero deforestation). The physical goods and the Impact Incentives are traded separately from each other, eliminating the cost and complexity of traceability, while still allowing transparency.


How do Incentives work?

The way they work is quite simple; farms that meet a chosen standard or benchmark will be able to sell incentives for their volume of output, and brands can purchase these incentives to balance out their use of these output materials. The farms selling the incentives may or may not be in the supply chain of the brands, as the incentives trading system does not address any traceability.  While this means that brands cannot make any content claims on their products, they can by-pass the cost and complexity of long or opaque supply chains in order to deliver impact quickly and efficiently.  And they can still make claims about their support for best practices.


Impact Partnerships

Impact Partnership Incentives allow brands and retailers to support on-the-ground programs to help producers meet best practices. Since these producers may not be at the level of achieving certification on their own, and thus qualifying to sell Impact Incentives, the approved on-the-ground “Program Partners” receive the financial incentive. They will help the producers work towards certification. When a brand purchases Impact Incentives from a Program Partner, this is considered an Impact Partnership.


What are Program Partners?

Program Partners deliver support and training, provide verification, and collect data from the producers, while offering stories, data, and credibility to the brands.


What are the Benefits of Impact Partnerships?

In addition to the benefits that will come through Impact Incentives, Impact Partnerships offer additional opportunities:


Addressing core issues

The standards and benchmarks that define best practices are powerful tools, but if the burden of meeting them is put solely onto the producers, then we will never see the rate of adoption that is needed. Impact Partnerships allow for producers to receive on-the-ground support to meet the sustainability requirements to qualify for Impact Incentives.

Developing supply

By creating a tool for brands to support producers to invest in best practices, we can accelerate the amount of sustainable materials that are available, allowing companies to meet their own targets and to contribute to meaningful change.

Strong relationships

Beyond the exchange of financial support and information, having deeper levels of engagement between brands and program partners will enrich the understanding and experience of both sides.


Impact Partnerships are one of the strategies that brands can use to support best practices; they can complement Impact Incentives purchased directly from producers, as well as mass balance and identity preserved models. Having different options allows brands to set and meet meaningful targets for their various supply chain scenarios.

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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