Step 3

Measure, Set, & Disclose Land targets

The land methods comprise a suite of three targets designed to work together to incentivize synergistic actions that contribute to nature goals in land systems.

Adoption by companies of these land targets will be a leap forward in voluntary corporate accountability by bringing working lands – 64% of Earth’s habitable land – into the environmental agenda.

“A no conversion commitment is far beyond our current no deforestation commitment and is a huge change that will come through science-based targets.”

SBTN 2024 Pilot Company
Three-quarters of land across our planet have been significantly impacted by humans.

No Conversion of Natural Ecosystems target

The No Conversion of Natural Ecosystems target addresses land use change. Companies setting this target will avoid all further conversion of lands that were considered to be natural in 2020 after a target year that will vary between 2025 and 2030, depending on the context.

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Land Footprint Reduction target

The Land Footprint Reduction target addresses land use and is focused only on agricultural land. Companies setting this target will reduce the total agricultural land footprint associated with their direct operations and upstream value chains.

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Landscape Engagement target

The Landscape Engagement target can address different pressure indicators, including land use, land use change, and soil pollution. Companies setting this target will collaborate with established local partners in priority landscapes toward improving a range of ecological and social indicators defined in alignment with these partners.

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Companies will have different requirements for setting these targets, based on the materiality of their land-related pressures (including land-related greenhouse gas emissions), their size, and their designated economic sector.

The Land targets address and contribute to biodiversity goals through different mechanisms. The No Conversion target accounts for ecosystem integrity and condition in the definition of natural lands, and refers to the importance of different regions, such as in the delivery of NCP and the preservation of threatened ecosystems and species when determining the target year. The Land Footprint Reduction target contributes to biodiversity by increasing the land available to restore natural habitats. The Landscape Engagement target affords companies the flexibility to propose the most relevant biodiversity indicators for the local context, for example for ecosystem integrity.

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