What We Do

We provide world-class insights and the best technology for your sustainability needs

Measuring What Matters

Getting the sustainability data you
really need

Social

Environmental

Economic

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.

Data to Knowledge

Visual and functional for managers
to have clear insights about:

  • ROI
  • Decisions
  • Risk

Supply Chains and Companies

Guiding responsible sourcing and tracking Performance

McDonalds

COSA helped McDonald’s design and operationalize its world-class Sustainability Improvement Program (SIP), using SMART indicators and robust audit protocols

Nestlé

When our local research partner applied rigorous COSA tools, we uncovered unexpected environmental impacts and helped this agile company to significantly improve its sustainability practices.

McCain Foods

Applying sound rural development principles and rigorous segmented metrics helped this global leader identify pathways to improve social and economic factors for diverse supplier communities in Canada and India.

Coca Cola
Still Beverages

Designing the data platform and operationalizing their Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles helped this iconic brand ensure visibility into their supply chains with credible data.

Government and Development Agencies

Smart design and efficient targeting drive performance

FAO

The FAO commissioned COSA to lead the development of its Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture (SAFA) for Small Farmers, including indicators and benchmarking for use in its 194 member nations.

Mexico Ministry of Agriculture

COSA sustainability intelligence systems rapidly revealed the ROI of investments and how to deliver more targeted programs to save more than US$ 7M while ensuring growth of climate-resilient exports.

United Nations

As Founding Member of Advisory Panel for this the five agency initiative, COSA helped formulate the content for governments to better understand and influence sustainability using voluntary standards.

IFC

Partnering together with a joint staff appointment to stimulate sustainability-oriented approaches among key agribusiness clients using transparent COSA metrics.

Stakeholder Platforms

Guiding learning and results for our partners to scale up their impact across sectors

IDB Multilateral Investment Fund

Seeking real impact, the IDB turned to COSA for its state-of-the-art sustainability intelligence systems so that the innovative financial instruments of its SAFE Platform can credibly generate unprecedented sustainability performance and learning.

Global Coffee Platform

In a benchmark achievement for sustainability, COSA guided this leading coffee industry platform toward a common set of science-based performance metrics, managing input from 78 coffee industry experts and executives.

United Nations - Division for Sustainable Development

COSA convened 72 very diverse global experts as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development in the 21st Century (SD21) project and Rio+20, achieving consensus on a common vision published as “Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability.

Sustainable Food Lab

Our enduring partnership has produced deep collaborative learning and guides to develop a Performance Measurement approach for sustainable business as well as Common Indicators and Metrics to understand sustainability.

Farm & Community

Including the voice of the farmer to ensure real impact

Colombia’s National Federation of Coffee Growers

Our partnership has produced a unique and  science-based understanding of sustainability in coffee communities comparing, with CRECE, the impacts of seven major sustainability standards leading to new government policies.

 

Kenya

Data democracy in action: cooperatives in Kenya never had a similar experience before where data was collected and the findings brought back to them. COSA provided financial and social data in ways they could functionally use.

Honduras

We provided a group – representing tens of thousands of farmers – training and access to our advanced field performance technology, helping them to understand their farmers and manage for desired outcomes.

Cote d’Ivoire

COSA technology has helped to credibly assess sustainability factors for many thousands of cocoa producers at very low cost within the world’s largest cocoa exporter.

Partner Initiatives

Our broad array of platforms are important ways to convene and leverage change

Landscape Systems

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.

Producer Organizations

Benefiting from the ‘group genius’ of 30 institutional experts, our insightful metrics provide complete diagnostics for rural organizations to thrive

Resilience Assessments

Distilling best practices and then streamlining so anyone can use and understand resilience metrics, a vital component of poverty reduction

Sustainability Standards

Helping standards and certifications to be more effective in sustainability strategies

Gender Indicators

Helping understand women’s roles, so they can more effectively contribute to their agriculture communities and themselves

Tea

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.

SAFE Platform

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.

Our Solutions

  • Strategic
    Advice

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    • Mapping the optimal strategy
    • Selecting the right sustainability programs
    • Designing right-sized measurement systems
    • Integrating sustainability into day-to-day organizational functions
  • Indicators

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    • Proven Globally
    • Aligned with global norms
    • Ensure comparability and benchmarking
  • Data, Research
    & Analysis

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    • Information you can really use
    • Scalable Research
    • Fast Accurate Surveys
    • Hotspots
    • Performance
    • Impact
  • Sustainability Intelligence

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    • Make objectives & results crystal clear
    • Track progress in real-time
    • Ensure transparency, traceability, and verification
    • Identify your risks and gaps easily
    • Deepen learning
  • Learning Communities+

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    • Group Genius
    • Strategic Analysis
    • Risk Management
    • ROI