Earthqualizer is helping a growing number of groups make the transition to a more sustainable future. Our work benefits local and national leaders in civil society, government, and corporates while ensuring social justice for the communities and their families. By working in an advisory capacity with NGOs, technical experts, and commodities companies, we are raising standards for industry practices and community livelihoods.


    Our corporate transformation approach is based on:

    1. Accurate, prompt and actionable monitoring of supply chain compliance with NDPE policies.

    2. Accountable, rational and clearly-defined group association, which enables us to link a particular NDPE non-compliance to a parent company.

    3. Sustained engagement with company partners (as part of our helpdesk function), in parallel with their supplier engagement efforts.

    4. Ad hoc capacity building and in-depth consultations for our partners, such as strategic advice on the development of public grievance lists, liability assessment identification/calculation, and recovery plan development.

    5. Thematic, in-depth analysis on topics such as prominent deforestation cases, trends in fire outbreaks, etc. The findings derived from these analyses will be key references for supplier engagement and the transformation of corporate sustainability practices.

    Helpdesk-tailor-made Support

    Allegations of association with non-compliant supplier/business groups by NGOs and media outlets can cause considerable harm to a company's reputation.

    Earthqualizer is familiar with the non-compliance cases and grievances registered on various online platforms. Building upon our extensive expertise, track record, as well as our information network in the NGO community, we are well-placed to advise and guide stakeholders in addressing these issues.

    Earthqualizer is capable of providing a review of the credibility of grievances/complaints through internal analysis and when necessary - direct engagement with the suppliers and field verification.

    Earthqualizer’s desktop grievance verification scope is most robust with regards to supply chain linkage, deforestation, peat development, and fire-related grievances. Nevertheless, Earthqualizer is also capable of verifying social and human rights grievances, including high-profile cases and those requiring field verification.

    Beneficial Owner Research

    Industry transformation is possible only when decision-makers embrace the need to change and commit to action. Through our “traceability to decision-makers” research, we unravel the tangled world of private company ownership, helping buyers, investors, and their business partners to have a more positive impact.

    • We map out business relationships

    • We investigate and uncover corporate activities at the group level

    • We document evidence of non-compliance with NPDE sourcing policies

    • We provide downstream procurement managers with a robust toolkit, used to implement their company sustainability goals

    • We achieve social and environmental justice by ensuring accountability and traceability

    Case Reports & Thematic Reports

    Plantation development that comes at the expense of forests, carbon-rich peatlands, and human rights can no longer be tolerated. Any downstream markets or third parties discovered to be in non-compliance with NDPE policy commitments should face sanctions and, if necessary, be suspended or even removed from supply chains.

    To put these principles into practice, when a company launches its NDPE policy, it establishes a framework for industry standards and guidelines for remediation accordingly. Earthqualizer works collaboratively with its partners to ensure that a wide network of suppliers is united and is responsible for company commitments.

    Case reports and thematic reports can be used by buyers directly to confront suppliers about practices and raise standards at the group level. Utilizing a variety of tools and approaches, Earthqualizer monitors compliance and drives change:

    • Opening investigations into non-compliant operations

    • Identifying supplier associations with larger groups of corporate growers and processor

    • Determining when environmental and human rights problems occur, and who is responsible for them

    • Conducting regular investigations and providing case reports

    • Utilizing a variety of tools and approaches

    Direct Engagement

    The direct engagement approach involves research to identify key decision-makers, intensive dialogue, and advocacy. The engagement process intends to make key decision-makers aware of the need to be more transparent, accountable, and sustainable, while also guiding them to embrace those values.

    Direct engagement strategy will use tested and proven effective methods, such as fact-based case research, due hearing of findings, an invitation to dialogue, and other influencers and negotiation to settle high-performance standards.

    Good Supplier Screening

    Earthqualizer supports the transformation of industry players into "Good Suppliers". This can be achieved through an evaluation process, designed to provide a deeper and more systematic focus on a companies’ structure, including the attitudes, policies, and management capacities of each supplier. Through detailed analysis, we assess each of the following:

    • Leadership

    • Management structure

    • Transparency

    • Certification achievements

    • Involvement in landscape programs

    The results of this evaluation can help downstream buyers to more effectively engage their suppliers. This in turn can raise sustainability benchmarks, by fostering a culture of transparency, accountability, and justice.

    Monitoring the Implementation of NDPE Commitments

    Globally, many companies have made a commitment to eradicating deforestation in their commodity supply chains. Such commitments, often known as “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” (NDPE) policies, have also been adopted in Southeast Asia.

    However, the implementation of NDPE policies is still far from perfect (as assessed against companies' own roadmaps and/or commitments). In fact, this may soon force the development of a ‘second tier' market, with far less stringent sustainability requirements. This ‘second tier' market is often known as a leakage market in the palm oil industry, where palm oil growers, refiners, and retailers actively work to avoid compliance with internationally accepted performance standards. Such a market comes at the expense of remaining natural forests, peatlands, and/or communities that have not granted consent for plantation development. The existence of such a market undermines the entire palm oil industry.

    The monitoring of NDPE commitments should proactively work to understand the motives of key decision-makers in companies and the palm oil market and to engage with them in order to facilitate the adoption of responsible (i.e., transparent, accountable, and sustainable) practices.

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