Deforestation-free Supply Chains

Deforestation and forest degradation cause irreversible biodiversity loss, diminish the prospect of reducing greenhouse emissions quickly enough to avoid catastrophic climate change, and threaten the rights and livelihoods of communities living in and around forests. Land-use choices that fail to recognise forest values thus pose huge risks to business and society.

Companies should commit to eliminate deforestation and forest degradation from their supply chains, and back this with clear operating procedures, third party verification and transparent reporting on progress. The recent groundswell of deforestation-free commitments is a welcome step but those pledges need to be implemented, with open and transparent reporting on progress. There is also much debate and ambiguity over what should qualify as deforestation-free and how it should be verified. 

Likewise, investors can recognize deforestation as a risk and apply safeguards to ensure they are not funding activities that destroy or degrade forests. Consumers can look to eco-labels, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for assurance that the wood, palm oil or other ingredients in a product were sourced consistently with care for environmental and social standards.

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Share your thoughts on WHY deforestation-free commitments are important and HOW they can be expanded and implemented successfully.

4 comments

HG
Hugo Gimenez 26-Mar-2016 20:33 GMT

We are an Argentinian startup working to reduce consumption of new wood in logistics and trade, by repairing and reusing pallets, we create a working platform for the base of the pyramid measuring shared value with local communities, non profit organizations and corporations. We attempt to reduce pressure by 25ha per month this next year, before we scale up again.

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Matsea Steven 15-Mar-2016 12:55 GMT

Raise awareness about the importance of trees and encourage people to plant more trees

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Dr Olugbire Oluseyi 15-Mar-2016 12:54 GMT

Research into alternative energy by developing energy efficient wood gas stove.

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Kumi Naidoo 15-Mar-2016 12:54 GMT

As part of Greenpeace, I am putting pressure on companies to ensure their supply chains are deforestation-free, and on governments to enact legislation to ensure compliance.

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