A new market-based mechanism to lift the sustainability level of entire sourcing areas

The Verified Sourcing Areas team at IDH is excited to release a new name, brand, and beta version of the online platform.

Over the past two years, we have worked hard to develop the sketchbook drawings of “Verified Sourcing Areas” into a reality. Along the way, we learned many things. We’ve gone to great depths in terms of developing the foundation of this market model – one that will allow companies to source from landscapes where credible sustainability progress is happening and at the same time deliver on corporate sustainability commitments.

One thing stood out: that it’s all about making the two-way connection between buyers of commodities, and stakeholder coalitions in producing landscapes.

That’s why we chose a new name and brand identity: SourceUp, a new collaboration platform for supply chain sustainability changemakers.

SourceUp aims to lift the base sustainability level of landscapes while enabling sourcing in line with sustainability commitments, at scale. It brings together buyers and jurisdictional / landscape initiatives in one place. It also ensures that credible information on sustainability progress and action is shared, on both sides.

The beta SourceUp platform is now live at www.sourceup.org. We’ve populated the platform with a set of Compacts and will be adding more, soon. We’ve also made new materials on how it works and developed an FAQ.

On SourceUp the term “Verified Sourcing Area” is used for the status of a Compact that has started reporting on the core indicators and results have been assessed by a panel. With that, we set the bar for areas to be recognized in buyers’ responsible sourcing programs.

If you are engaged in a jurisdictional or landscape initiative and want to feature on the platform, please reach out to us.

In this beta phase we are excited to get your inputs, thoughts and ideas about how we can make SourceUp a success for all of you. There’s plenty to do, and we’d love to collaborate. We also have a roadmap for further platform development that is ongoing, where you can request features. Access to deeper levels of the platform is in the beta phase restricted to users by invitation. If you are already involved in, or supporting a Compact, you will receive your login details soon.

Webinar

Want to know how to contribute to the SDGs at scale through sourcing agro-commodities? Are you curious about how systemic issues such as poverty and deforestation in and outside supply chains can be addressed regionally through public-private partnerships?

Our latest webinar explained a concrete solution to address these issues: the SourceUp model (previously known as the Verified Sourcing Areas (VSA) Model): an innovative market-based model and online platform that connects demand for sustainably produced agro-commodities with locally driven sustainability advancements.

The webinar is interpreted in PortugueseSpanish and English and specifically tailored to our Latin American audience. If you missed the previous webinar or are a Portuguese or Spanish speaker, give it a watch. You can also find the slide deck here.

Agenda

  • Welcome by IDH LATAM Director at IDH Daniela Mariuzzo
  • Presentation of the model by Willem Klaassens, Markets Director and SourceUp, and Guido Rutten, SourceUp Senior Manager
  • Q&A session

Compacts

IDH is currently piloting compacts in Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia.

SourceUp Global Steering Committee Members

For any inquiries or if you are engaged in a jurisdictional or landscape initiative and want to feature on the platform, please reach out to us:

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Publication

Title Type Year
Industry leaders and sustainability experts are creating a new model for sourcing agro-commodities sustainably at scale Commitment 2020
What are Verified Sourcing Areas (VSAs)? Brochure 2019
VSA Compact Transparency Tool Background Review Presentation 2019
Landscapes Factsheet: Verified Sourcing Areas (VSAs) Brochure 2018
Verified Sourcing Areas (VSAs): Q&A from 4th Meeting of the Sustainable Landscapes Working Group – Singapore, 27 September 2018 Brochure 2018