As a society, we are increasingly dependent on pollinators. The proportion of global agricultural production that depends on pollinators has increased four-fold since 1961. Much of this dependence is linked to wild pollinators.
The pollination deficit: Towards supply chain resilience in the face of pollinator decline presents the results of a year-long project aimed at improving the understanding of pollination risk within private sector supply chains.
In a survey of blue-chip companies including Asda, The Body Shop, Mars and Pepsico, many reported they were unable to take action because of uncertainty around which crops and sourcing regions were vulnerable to pollinator decline. The companies surveyed linked pollination issues with operational, regulatory and marketing risk.
The report, The Pollination Deficit: Towards supply chain resilience in the face of pollinator decline, sets out a five-step roadmap to enable sustainable pollinator management within supply chains. It also sets out a series of recommendations to improve supply chain resilience including:
A better business case
Better understanding of crop vulnerability to pollinator decline and its economic implications
Readily accessible national-level information on crop vulnerability to pollinator decline
Better integration of pollinator-friendly practices into certification standards.
A private sector coalition on pollination could drive action in all these areas. The report calls on leading companies and standard setters to create a Partnership for Pollinators to collaborate to increase supply chain resilience.