What We Do
We provide world-class insights and the best technology for your sustainability needs
Measuring What Matters
Getting the sustainability data you
Our SMART indicators and unique tools deliver science-based data that always aligns with global norms such as the SDGs and dozens of other multilateral guidelines and normative references – the right data drives clear insights.
Supply Chains and Companies
Guiding responsible sourcing and tracking Performance
Standardizing sustainability processes ensures credibility and effective results across its global coffee supply base
Understanding their environmental impacts helped this agile firm adjust and reach elevated levels of sustainability
For one of the world’s largest food companies, excellence goes beyond a product to include advancing rural development among its global operations
New systems enable this leading firm to have full control of responsible sourcing from Traceability and Compliance to Verification & Performance Dashboards
Government and Development Agencies
Smart design and efficient targeting drive performance
Serving 194 Member Nations, the FAO commissioned COSA to develop its Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture (SAFA) for Small Farmers
Mexico Ministry of Agriculture
Radically re-formulating development technology to see rapid results with rural targeting plus knowing the actual ROI of its program investments
As Founding Member of the Advisory Panel, COSA helped formulate the content for governments to better understand and influence sustainability through Voluntary Standards
International Finance Corporation – stimulating more rational sustainability-oriented decisions among its clients with transparent COSA metrics
Guiding learning and results for our partners to scale up their impact across sectors
IDB Multilateral Investment Fund
Providing state-of-the-art sustainability practices and shared knowledge to its public-private investments across Latin America with the SAFE Platform
Global Coffee Platform
Ensuring world-wide understanding of coffee industry sustainability with common metrics and data standards
Gathering 72 very diverse global experts to agree on a common vision for Food & Agriculture in the 21st Century and to frame “The Future of Sustainability”
Sustainable Food Lab
We help coalesce diverse groups to partner toward common goals so ‘many hands make light work’
Farm & Community
Including the voice of the farmer to ensure real impact
Colombia’s National Federation of Coffee Growers
Together comparing the actual impact of many seven sustainability standards for benefits to farmers
Cooperatives were pleasantly surprised, after participating in research, to receive functional results that they could use
Providing the largest farmer group our advanced field performance data technology helped them to understand their farmers and manage for outcomes
Our technology helps credibly assess sustainability factors for many thousands of cocoa producers within the world’s largest cocoa exporter
Our broad array of platforms are important ways to convene and leverage change
When leading coffee companies faced intractable common challenges from deep poverty to deforestation, COSA worked with Conservation International to craft an integrated “big data-small data” system providing decision-makers advanced data solutions to focus appropriate investments and measure results that ultimately benefit farmers in the region.
Benefiting from the ‘group genius’ of 30 institutional experts, our insightful metrics provide complete diagnostics for rural organizations to thrive
Distilling best practices and then streamlining so anyone can use and understand resilience metrics, a vital component of poverty reduction
Helping standards and certifications to be more effective in sustainability strategies
Helping understand women’s roles, so they can more effectively contribute to their agriculture communities and themselves
COSA and ETP convened The International Expert Technical Committee for Tea to identify and refine a core set of Sustainability Indicators and Metrics for Tea that provide a simple, common “language” for measuring and learning about sustainability across diverse production systems and origins.
Agronomy to Scale
Designing the advanced technology platform and parameters for “Agronomy to Scale” (an initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) a business-model to deliver results of state-of-the-art research to small farmers so as close the knowledge gap
Lean Research Platform
To get research and evaluation right in poor communities, MIT’s D-Lab convened experts to consolidate best practices that align with a LEAN approach. We summarized it as the “Four R”: Rigor, Respect, Relevance, and Right-Sizing.
COSA established the technical platform and the MEL systems for the Interamerican Development Bank’s Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE) Platform. Managed by Hivos the platform drives innovative public-private projects while establishing a common data standard that opens learning across projects on key issues ranging from gender and water to financing and training.
Global Coffee Platform
This first-ever industry approach to common indicators plus a shared data architecture will enable database interoperability and reduce data costs for producers as well as industry and policymakers. Benchmarking is expected to accelerate learning and facilitate continuous improvement.