Deforestation: what are the companies that are committed to stop it?

Feb 16, 2015 | written by:

Global Canopy Programme,  a group of scientific institutions from around the world that aims to protect the environment by assigning an economic value to ecosystem services, has recently launched a survey to globally through which evaluated 250 companies, 150 banks and investors, 50 jurisdictions analyzing their corporate policies related to the six main risks for forests: the production of palm oil, meat, leather, wood, cellulose and paper.

We all contribute to deforestation - said Mario Rautner, head of the Global Canopy Programme Programme deforestation - it is in our chocolate and our toothpaste, in our food and in our books, in our buildings and our furniture, our investment and our pensions.” According to a study published in Science every minute of every day for 13 years to date disappears an area of forest equivalent to 50 football fields: scary data that should make us think. However, something is changing, some companies are adopting policies to exclude deforestation from their supply chains, but this choice, unfortunately, is still not the norm, and most of the companies continues to become an accomplice of deforestation.

According to the study The Forest 500', larger companies do the best job in contrast to small businesses. Those who have obtained the maximum score in the ranking are the Danone Group (France), Kao Corporation (Japan), Nestle (Switzerland), Procter & Gamble (United States), Reckitt Benckiser Group (UK), Unilever (Great Britain) and HSBC (Great Britain). Conversely, companies that have received the worst scores are located in China, India, Russia and the Middle East. Surely these are positive signs, but maybe it's still too little for the ambitious target set by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) which provides for the achievement of the "zero deforestation" by 2020.

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