Simple solutions for unique challenges
All agriculture production scenarios are different, and many present complex sustainability challenges. Nevertheless, the agriculture we envision is characterized by:
Improved efficiency in the use of resources for increased productivity.
Conserved, protected and enhanced ecosystem services, biodiversity and natural resources.
Improved livelihoods and social wellbeing for producers, agricultural workers and rural communities.
Resilient and low impact production systems to cope with the effects of climate change.
SAN strives for simple, proven solutions to leverage sustainability, weaving together its technical expertise and deep sustainability knowledge base, and local partner experience and knowledge. We offer an array of solutions and services that include:
Tailored standards and assurance packages
SAN draws on its 20+ years in standard development and certification management to design and build company codes and best practices; supplier assessment systems; and landscape, supply chain, industry and jurisdictional sustainability approaches.
We use our SAN Sustainability Framework as the foundation for our standards and assurance work, and can narrow the focus to the issues that concern partners. We also provide independent evaluation and troubleshooting of existing certification and assessment systems, or due diligence for a variety of needs.
Our flexible assurance packages enable organizations to better verify and track the performance of their suppliers and service providers, minimizing risks and building more resilient value chains.
Organizations and companies working with us set goals according to their own priorities to address key challenges and we act as an ally, helping them to achieve and measure progress. All our work is based on transparent commitments, targets and reporting of achievements.
Using our four-phase work model, we work with producers, companies, rural communities, and other stakeholders to design and implement training and support programs on the ground, form and strengthen producer and community organizations, map suppliers, and assess sustainability performance. Each program is organized as an individual project that can flex and be adapted depending on our partners’ needs.
Monitoring, evaluation, data analysis and results reporting underpin all of these activities to provide a precise picture of sustainability performance in issues related to good agricultural practices, quality and productivity, farm management, integrated pest management (IPM), occupational health and safety, preparation for certification, among others.
Our work process
Understand the challenge
Open dialogue to identify challenges and problems to solve.
Ideate and plan a solution
Choice of the best tools and joint construction of an effective action plan
Fieldwork through our network of local members’ network
Measure and report results
Agile monitoring and evaluation system embedded in everything we do