Hitting the right target: A proposal for monitoring accurate supply shed impacts

General Mills collaborated with SustainCERT to assess the implications of its ambition and review the ability of the “monitoring, reporting and verification” (MRV) toolset proposed to meet its objectives.


The toolset proposed by General Mills aligns with its objectives of quantifying the accurate annual land-use emissions factor of a sourcing region or ‘supply shed’. The data from this supply shed monitoring approach aims to inform corporations’ real supply shed impacts today and give them the ability to annually track the changes in their land-based emissions and removals. This based targets and confidence in their mitigation strategies. Since this data will apply to a landscape-scale sourcing area shared by many supply chain actors, the land-use EF could become a public good that underpins annual accurate and complete baselines from which all impact layer partners can launch specific interventions to reduce emissions. GMI is demonstrating the validity of this approach by investing in a pilot which produces robust data and by piloting new concepts from the Value Change Initiative Guidance. GMI hopes that this monitoring pilot will catalyse further investment by other actors in the supply chain to scale it up, allowing these corporations to harness new technology for aligning with the 1.5-degree pathway.