Companies are realising the need to act on deforestation. Despite COVID-19, 2020 saw a 27% increase in companies disclosing on how they are managing deforestation and 93% of companies we analyzed are taking at least one industry-accepted action to safeguard forests. However, our latest report shows that this action is too slow and ambition is too low - it sets out a clear pathway for companies to follow and how they can measure their progress along it.
Every year since 2015 10 million hectares of forests have been lost, which poses a threat to business, increases the risk of future pandemics and dangerous climate change.
Companies reported US$53.1 billion in risks from deforestation, with the total cost of response estimated at US$6.6 billion. This shows that action on deforestation is not only essential, but it also makes business sense.
While an increase in disclosure and company action is a step in the right direction, it is clear that not enough is being done.
Only four companies are identified as ‘best practice’ by CDP for taking nearly all relevant leadership actions: Essity, L’Oréal, Mars and Tetra Pak. This demonstrates the clear need for companies to step up action to end deforestation.
Our report highlights the need for increased action by companies in the seven key commodities that drive the most agricultural deforestation globally: Timber products, palm oil, soy, cattle products, rubber, cocoa and coffee. It identifies 15 key performance indicators (KPIs) that companies should take to address deforestation.
The KPIs include metrics like board level oversight, setting a robust public policy on zero-deforestation, ambitious targets, a robust system to control, monitor and verify compliance with related policies and engaging suppliers on sustainable production methods.
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Companies are beginning to take action to address deforestation in their supply chains. 81 companies showed a mature or best practice approach to tackling deforestation for at least one commodity - with action being strongest among companies producing or using palm oil.
Empresas CMPC uses green bonds to match new financing opportunities and grow its investor base with its policies and 2030 environmental goals. The proceeds are used to finance or refinance new and existing projects with social and environmental benefits.
AMAGGI engages with its suppliers, uses certification schemes, ensures compliance through an improved monitoring system and participates in multi-stakeholder initiatives focused on the risk of deforestation linked to soybeans.
Mars has adopted measures across nearly all KPIs for palm oil, demonstrating an ambitious and holistic approach towards tackling deforestation in its supply chain.
Marfrig undertook a risk analysis of the impacts that climate change could have on pasture productivity and as a result on their cattle production. To mitigate these risks, they promote best practice and are working to restore riparian forests in the local watershed in Tangará da Serra (Mato Grosso, Brazil).
Transparency on deforestation and forest-related risks is higher than ever and it is vital that this continues to accelerate. 687 companies disclosed through CDP on how they are managing deforestation – a 27% increase from 2019 - despite the challenges of COVID-19.
515 Investors with over US$106 trillion in assets and 19 purchasing companies requested companies to disclose on their management of deforestation through CDP in 2020.
Taking action on forest-related risks is essential for climate action and it makes business sense. It can stimulate economic development and create jobs, contributing to a green economic recovery from COVID-19 in the short term – while also building long-term resilience.
The solutions are here – together, we can reach our goal of a forest-positive future.