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  • Land Conservation


  • Environment

Land Directly Controlled: Treated with Pesticides (OI2569)

Area of land directly controlled by the organization and treated with pesticides. Report directly controlled land area treated during the reporting period.
Reporting format
Unit of Measure (PD1602)
Metric type
Metric level
IRIS metric citation
IRIS, 2016. Land Directly Controlled: Treated with Pesticides (OI2569). v4.0.


Organizations should footnote details on the areas of land directly controlled based on the hazard level of pesticides used, as listed under the World Health Organization (WHO) Acute Toxicity Hazard Categories. See usage guidance for further information.

Usage Guidance

  • The IRIS catalog differentiates between land that is directly controlled by the organization and land that is indirectly controlled. This metric is intended to capture the land area that is under the organization's direct control that is treated with pesticides.
  • Organizations can refer to the glossary term for additional information on pesticide use and the WHO Acute Toxicity Hazard Categories. Organizations that use WHO Class Ia (extremely hazardous) and Ib (highly hazardous) pesticides on directly controlled land should footnote additional details on the relevant land (area, crops present, etc.) and the pesticide use.
  • Direct control refers to land for which the organization controls land use through direct operation or management. This includes situations where the organization's employees cultivate the land directly. Note that land ownership is not always equivalent to control. For example, in situations where land is leased to another entity or individual to cultivate (e.g., a third party manager), land is only directly controlled if the lease is accompanied by exhaustive land use criteria.
  • These land use criteria are often included in management plans and legal agreements, which also incorporate sustainability principles and typically include termination provisions in the event of poor performance. To the extent that minimal ad-hoc, discretionary land use decisions must be made by the third-party manager, which fall outside of the scope of the land use criteria, the land may still be considered as directly controlled by the organization.