- Asia / Pacific
- Europe and Central Asia
- Latin America / Caribbean
- Middle East
- North America
Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Environmental Services, Food & Beverage
Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment
Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical
geoFootprint is a combination of two online tools. geoFootprint Open is public-facing and free. It provides visual and quantified insight into the environmental footprint of crop production worldwide, displaying multiple layers of land characteristics (cultivated area, soil properties, yield, productivity) and metrics (carbon footprint, water footprint, eutrophication potential, biodiversity loss, etc.) per hectare and per ton of cultivated crop. It is fully transparent with regards to its data sources, assumptions and modelling principles, and gives unprecedented insight into underling drivers for each footprint metric. Typically, end users can visualise how much of a given footprint is related to deforestation, fertiliser use, irrigation or field practices. The dynamic map-based interface aims to democratise public access to footprinting information, raising awareness on key drivers and how these vary geographically. the geoFootprint licensed version is tailored for corporate and public decision-makers, with advanced simulation options to help identify and prioritise where action should prioritized.
As collected through the One Planet Reporting
Outreach and communication for SCP
Quantis (lead) Cool Farm Alliance (co-lead)
On September 10, 2019, the geoFootprint public webinar was held. It was the first truly public unveil of the geoFootprint project and platform, show-casing the methodology, use cases and a demo of the first prototype. The webinar was also used as a call for involvement and catalyst to expand the future user base
Over 7000 organisations from the Quantis network were invited, with focus on private and public stakeholders the food, apparel and cosmetics sectors, i.e. those in which Quantis is most active business-wise. The webinar gave the floor to Quantis' geoFootprint project manager Xavier Bengoa and CFA's geoFootprint lead Simon Miller, but also to a sustainability analyst from General Mills and the Director for Climate smart Agriculture & Sustainable Landscapes at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). With 361 registrants and 176 attendees, the webinar was a success (a 50% participation rate is typically what Quantis experiments from such events). The webinar triggered numerous questions and positive feedback. Giving different perspectives, from different speakers, was well received and seen as a sign of openness and transparency. Dozens of people have accessed the webinar recording since then. The webinar registrants included sustainability professionals and C-level executives across different geographic regions, from a range of sectors and types of organisations, including companies like Bayer, Kering, Nestlé, Unilever, Tetra Pak, Heineken or Mars, and other stakeholders like WWF, BCI, The Nature Conservancy, IUCN and FAO.
Impact and Results
geoFootprint has attracted interest from multiple public stakeholders such as FAO, UNEP, SAI Platform, WBCSD, IUCN, World Resources Institute, the French Agency for the Environment and the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture. It is being directly supported by major private corporations from food and agricultural sector such as Nestlé, Unilever, Mars, General Mills, Cargill, Olam, Yara and Syngenta. geoFootprint was launched in January 2021.
Next steps and how to get involved
Test geoFootprint Open by yourself, and reach out to us to access the full range of functionalities, or collaborate with us on the next developments!