Food and land use productivity will determine whether the world can feed a population projected to grow to over nine billion by 2050, while sustaining natural environments.
Food production can be increased, rural income development improved, gender balance raised, forests protected and land use emissions cut by raising crop and livestock productivity, using new technologies and comprehensive approaches to soil and water management
Safe Water Gardens
Applied research project
The Issue: traditional sewage and wastewater treatment facilities are uneconomical in rural areas. As a consequence, wastewater from toilets reaches the groundwater untreated, people get sick or even die from drinking contaminated water collected at the well, and people spend a high proportion of their income on bottled drinking water.
Our Solution: Based on a solution compiled by GTZ in cooperation with Oxfam, IFRC and UNICEF developed for the aftermath of the tsunami in Banda Aceh, our team is building 50 individual, on-site wastewater treatment systems in Bintan (Indonesia). Purpose is to test and optimise cost and performance to scale up the solution in villages that do not have wastewater treatment facilities.
Initiated by LooLa Adventure Group and supported by BCSD Singapore, WBCSD and Member companies, this project is now co-funded by the Dutch Government to support a team of researchers from Universities in The Netherlands, Singapore and Indonesia.
If you wish to contribute to the project of know more, download the project brief Here or contact BCSD Singapore directly.
Food Loss & Waste Protocol
The Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard is a global standard that provides requirements and guidance for quantifying and reporting on the weight of food and/or associated inedible parts removed from the food supply chain.
The standard gives guidance on WHAT to measure and HOW to measure so that companies, cities and countries can develop an inventory in a consistent and transparent way. Its wide adoption will allow for better decision making to minimize food loss and waste, thereby enhancing food security, economic growth, and environmental health.
It was developed as a multi-stakeholder process by the World Resources Institute (WRI) with the participation of WBCSD, the Consumer Goods Forum, EU FUSIONS, UNEP, FAO and WRAP.
BCSD Singapore helps its Members apply the tool and navigate the various requirements.
We are also a Member of Singapore Foods Standards Committee that establishes guidelines on food loss and waste.
Download the excutive summary Here
Global Water Tool
The Global Water Tool (GWT) is a free, publicly available resource for identifying corporate water risks and opportunities and for corporate water performance reporting.
It includes a workbook (data input, inventory by site, key reporting indicators, metrics calculations), a mapping function to plot sites with datasets, and Google Earth interface for spatial viewing. It allows to answer the following questions:
• How many of your sites are in extremely water-scarce areas? Which sites are at greatest risk? How that will change in the future?
• How much of your total production is generated from your most at risk sites?
• How many of your employees live in countries that lack access to improved water and sanitation?
• How many of your suppliers are in water scarce areas now and will be in 2025?
Users can quickly map their locations and water use data against stress indicators on a country and watershed basis. With future outlook, companies can assess risks to their operations, supply chains, new projects in order to prioritize action.
• Understand water use/needs of operations in relation to local externalities to make informed decisions
• Perform a first level screening through maps or charts capturing key water performance and risk indicators of water consumption, efficiency and intensity.
With the Singapore Stock Exchange mandating sustainability reporting, these metrics can then be used for communication with internal and external stakeholders and reporting frameworks like GRI, CDP Water, Bloomberg and Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
BCSD Singapore helps its Members apply the tool and navigate the various datasets
Download the tool Here
Agriculture in ASEAN
The white paper “Efficient Agriculture, Stronger Economies in ASEAN – Private sector perspectives for policy makers” was produced by Member companies and leading NGOs to share real-world examples of best practices implemented in the region. The report summarises key recommendations to policy makers to scale up solutions in the agricultural sector in ASEAN. The paper is used as a basis for dialogue between business and governments. Download the white paper Here
The research paper entitled “Landscape Fires in Indonesia – Policy suggestions to enhance the role of the private sector as change agent” is a thorough analysis of the multidimensional scope and dynamics of landscape fires in Indonesia.
Download the report Here