Landscape approach allows business to share risks and benefit

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A new report from the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative shows how businesses trying to deal with climate change, water shortages or community relations issues can improve their bottom line, protect biodiversity and improve rural livelihoods by taking a landscape approach to land management.

Titled Reducing Risk: Landscape Approaches to Sustainable Sourcing, the report highlights best practices by agribusinesses in reducing risk. Agribusinesses rely directly on natural resources and ecosystem services for efficient and effective business performance. “By working on methods to mitigate environmental risk at not just the farm but also the landscape level is not just good public relations, it’s good for people, planet and profit,” says a blog post by the Initiative.

A landscape approach allows risks to be shared and the impacts distributed across a range of stakeholders. Assessing such risks at a landscape scale and incorporating them into business planning is critical for sustainable business operations.

One example in the report is that of Nestlé, which has established a set of 30 goals in the areas of nutrition, water, rural developmen, and sustainability. These are aimed at working collectively with stakeholders to create social good while contributing to the company’s bottom line.

Read the full story: Taking Care of Business: Landscape Approaches to Reduce Risk

Download the full report http://landscapes.ecoagriculture.org/global_review/reducing_risk