Heartwood is working with the Equitable Earth Coalition to bring climate finance directly to Indigenous Peoples and local forest communities, through next-generation REDD+ programs. The Coalition is creating a new standard and platform for the voluntary carbon market that is based on equity and community-led projects.
Heartwood supported the revision of this leading sustainability standard, based on a systems approach that emphasizes risk managements and a vision for more humane, environmentally responsible and socially just textile supply chains.
Heartwood worked with ISEAL Alliance to develop guidance on research for landscape-scale initiatives, with the aim to improve impact measurement and transparency around claims.
In 2022 and 2023, Aldi piloted an innovative living wage verification process on banana farms. As a core partner, Heartwood built capacity among all actors and facilitated dialogs between worker representatives and farm management.
Heartwood has worked with Sustainable Food Lab (SFL) and several global food and beverage companies to progress toward sustainable agriculture goals, including improving farmers' return on investment (ROI) and resiliency as they apply regenerative agriculture practices.
Heartwood wrote the Living Wage Playbook for AIM-Progress and its members. It is designed as a “how to guide” to help companies build and implement a living wage strategy, whether for their employees, across their suppliers, or both.
From 2019-2023, Heartwood worked with IDH on game-changing tools like the Salary Matrix, learning platforms, and multi-stakeholder collaborations to help businesses and certification systems advance on decent wages for workers.
Heartwood has worked with GIZ and corporate partners to better understand employment and compensation systems across supply chains, in order to make informed and meaningful investments.
Heartwood Principal, Jessica Grillo, serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Living Income Community of Practice (LICoP) and has written papers and guidance for the LICoP including, "Applying the Household Economy Approach to Measure and Address Income Gaps in Agriculture Supply Chains."
Heartwood worked with the carbon credit marking company, Everland LLC to create an extra level of due diligence for REDD+ project performance and reporting.
Heartwood worked with Burton to develop policy on engaging civil society, as part of their alignment and membership with the Fair Labor Association (FLA)
Heartwood developed and delivered content and training programs for Impact Buying Academy, IDH's auditor training partner on living wage verification, building auditors' risk analysis and fact-finding skills to strengthen accountability and trust in results.
"It has been a delight to work with Jessi as a key supporter of the work we do at IDH on living wages. Her understanding of living wages, the opportunities and complexities in that field coupled with her enthusiasm, commitment and team spirit have made her support instrumental. We are grateful for her assistance and commitment to our mission."
– Ronald Sanabria, Senior Program Manager, IDH