The agricultural commodities sector faces multiple challenges, from climate change, water scarcity and soil degradation to fluctuating markets and precarious livelihoods for smallholders and producers. Many sustainability initiatives and organisations exist to tackle these challenges by helping farmers to adopt sustainable practices and promote decent work. The sector lacks, however, a common understanding of what sustainability means, and how progress should be measured and reported.

To address this challenge, the Delta Framework aims to create a shared language and approach to measuring and communicating progress globally, starting with cotton and coffee. Coming together in this way will help to advance transparency, build credibility and benefit multiple stakeholders, from farmers to retailers and brands.

Created by leading sustainability standard organisations, the Delta Project focuses on producing a clear, consistent way to monitor and report the progress of participating farms towards sustainable agriculture. This will enable everyone involved to make comparisons across sectors and identify opportunities for continuous improvement. Ultimately, it will allow the whole sector to communicate its progress as one.

Importantly, it will also provide a clear view of the extent to which these standards are contributing to fulfilling the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), helping all parties to report their progress effectively.

Through the Delta Project, we are:

Rethinking …

… how sustainability standard organisations monitor performance and ensure this meets the needs of key actors working across commodities supply chains.

Enabling …

… companies to demonstrate how they’re supporting progress on the ground in a consistent and comparable way, while providing governments with a clear view of sector-wide performance.

Adding value …

… for producers by streamlining the way they report progress and providing valuable insights and services to help solve collective challenges.

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The realization of this project was possible thanks to a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, which is supported by