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Homegrown African seed companies outperform multinational peers in serving smallholder farmers

Two homegrown African seed companies top the 2019 Access to Seeds Index for Eastern and Southern Africa, for playing a key role in raising smallholder farmer productivity, according to new research by the Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation. Kenyan company East African Seed and Seed Co., placed first and second respectively, have both grown their […]

Setting a new seafood standard

Bas Geerts, lead Seafood Stewardship Index, discusses his plans to assess and publish the sustainability scores of the world’s largest seafood companies with Rob Fletchers from The Fish Site. “I believe that transparency is important in supporting companies to fast-track their sustainability efforts. Making international supply chains more transparent is a means to incentivise and […]

Digging deeper into SDG 5: measuring and incentivising corporate performance on gender

Danielle Burt, who leads the Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark at WBA, introduces the benchmark at a web seminar hosted by ISEAL Alliance. Together with a panel, she discusses the importance and challenges of measuring and incentivizing corporate performance on gender.   

Global seed companies are addressing climate change and nutrition needs but reach only 10% of the world’s small farmers

Global seed companies are adapting their products to combat the impact of climate change and address nutrition needs. But limited access to quality seed in many emerging economies persists, with the global seed industry reaching just 10% of the world’s smallholder farmers, according to a new study. The Access to Seeds Index 2019 – Global […]

First consultation SSI successfully completed

During an 8-weeks’ public consultation we invited stakeholders to reflect on the draft methodology for our Seafood Stewardship Index. As the methodology is a rather ‘technical’ document, we were delighted to see so many external organisations sharing their views on it with us! The methodology, once final, will be used to assess and benchmark the […]

Allies for Action: Driving Business Action on the Sustainable Development Goals through the World Benchmarking Alliance

From November 20-23, 2018, the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) convened a group of approximately 15 close partners (“Allies”) to engage in a deep-dive session on how to maximize the impact of the WBA’s efforts to create free, publicly available benchmarks ranking companies on their contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following a year-long […]

East-West Seed leads seed industry on increasing smallholder farmer productivity in South and Southeast Asia

Thailand-based East-West Seed outperformed global giants Bayer and Syngenta in the first-ever Access to Seeds Index for South and Southeast Asia, which evaluated the efforts of 24 leading seed companies in the region to support growth in the productivity of smallholder farmers, one of the main targets of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In South and Southeast Asia about 350 […]

WBA is announced as one of ten project winners at Paris Peace Forum – Congratulations Allies!

“Peace is not just the suspension of war. It is made up of all the solutions that help minimize international tensions: cooperation to fight climate change and resource scarcity, institutions to channel power rivalries and administer global public goods, justice to assuage grievances and frustration, regulation to address inequalities and abuses of power.” – Paris […]

‘4 in 10 companies ‘failing’ on human rights’

One of the main results of this year’s benchmark is that 40 out of 101 major extractive, agricultural and clothing or footwear companies ranked are failing to demonstrate respect for human rights on paper or in practice (1). Prada, Starbucks and Kraft Heinz among companies scoring poorly Majority of clothing and agricultural companies failing to […]