Environmental and Social Governance

The emergence of landscape and jurisdictional initiatives for sustainability have presented an opportunity to solve the challenges of environmental degradation and human rights violations at scale. Jurisdictional approaches can align the authority of local governments, with voluntary commercial standards, including certification systems, and local and customary institutions, to achieve shared goals of sustainable and inclusive production systems. To implement these approaches, however, innovative approaches to environmental and social governance are needed, which require a comprehensive understanding of formal law, voluntary standards and customary laws and institutions. 

Focal areas:

  • Subnational governance of sustainable commodity production
  • Enabling the recognition of Indigenous peoples’ rights at the jurisdictional scale 
  • Policies and instruments for environmental governance at the subnational level

The role of the Environmental and Social Governance unit is critical to support Inobu’s research and innovation process to comply legal standard. In addition, we also support the approach to sustainable development initiated by Inobu through the Jurisdictional Approach. In addition to relying on the power of multi-stakeholder collaboration to achieve the goals that are formulated together, the approach must be tied to a legal or regulatory umbrella so that it can be complied with and implemented.