Thriving Forests are vital for a thriving planet.
Forests are a critical component of a healthy planet. Slowing deforestation and restoring damaged forests could deliver a quarter or more of the carbon reductions needed by 2030 to avert dangerous climate change. Trees act as a massive carbon sink, provide natural habitat for millions of species of plants and animals, and protect watersheds by preventing erosion and acting as a natural water filtration system. For companies who care about sustainability and climate stability, forest protection must be a top priority.
At the same time, deforestation is a complex problem to solve. For many consumer products companies, deforestation hides deep in the supply chain. Beef, soy, palm oil, and pulp and paper are the major drivers of permanent deforestation globally, accounting for approximately 1.7 gigatons of annual greenhouse gas emissions. These commodities are pervasive of supermarket shelves and have complex supply chains that make understanding and mitigating deforestation very challenging.
The good news is that there are many resources already available to companies to help reduce deforestation. This pillar aims to compile these resources to assist companies in setting and exceeding ambitious deforestation goals.
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Just a handful of commodities — beef, soy, pulp and paper and palm oil — drive the majority of global deforestation. Halting deforestation from just these top four would remove about 1.7 gigatons of greenhouse gases from our atmosphere each year.View All Commodities Resources
Globally, deforestation hotspots occur in South America, Southeast Asia and Western Africa.View All Regions Resources
Assessing risk is an important first step in understanding where deforestation might be hiding in your supply chain. By mapping your supply to the major deforestation hotspots, you can better target your efforts to reduce deforestation in meaningful ways.View All Assessing Risk Resources
Learn how to set meaningful and ambitious goals to address deforestation.View All Goal Setting Resources
Supply Chain Engagement
Engaging with your supply chain to drive improvement is the key to success. Here are resources that can be helpful in implementation.View All Supply Chain Engagement Resources
Company efforts to clean individual supply chains are important, but when acting alone, they are insufficient to drive the change we need to see at scale. The Jurisdictional Approach aims to connect companies, governments and other stakeholders to work in concert to reduce deforestation across entire landscapes.View All Jurisdictional Approaches Resources
You are not in this alone. Look here for partners who are ready to help.View All Stakeholder Engagement Resources
Measuring & Reporting
You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Here are tools that can help you measure progress in your supply chain, as well as account for environmental benefits.View All Measuring & Reporting Resources
Financing & Incentives
Solving deforestation will require producers and other stakeholders to see that forests can be worth more alive than dead. Innovative financing mechanisms can work hand-in-glove with corporate efforts to scale change.View All Financing & Incentives Resources
Restoration & Protection
Find resources to help you consider how forest restoration and protection fit into your strategy.View All Restoration & Protection Resources
While voluntary corporate actions to reduce GHG emissions are important, only public policy can deliver the pace and scale of reductions needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. That’s why policy advocacy is an essential element of corporate sustainability leadership. Companies can make a difference by supporting policies that reduce deforestation, unleash innovation and accelerate the transition to sustainable development.View All Policy Resources
Consumers and investors are becoming increasingly aware of the implications of deforestation and climate change. Companies with strong deforestation controls can benefit from reduced reputational risk and enhanced customer loyalty.View All Business Case Resources
Halting deforestation from beef, soy, pulp & paper and palm oil would avoid about 1.7 gigatons of greenhouse gases from our atmosphere each year.
If you buy deforestation-risk commodities, there are many resources available to help you mitigate your risk.Get Started
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Looking for solutions that are uniquely relevant to you and your company? Here you can filter by resource title, date, type. Below (left) you can filter by narrowing categories and sub-categories, as well as where each resource sits on different levels of the sustainability journey.
Get your company started on the sustainability journey here! From overviews and introductions to advocating for policy, and everything in between, this is where you should start.
Zero-deforestation sourcing can also be a critical opportunity for companies aiming to reduce supply risks, mitigate climate impacts and improve their corporate reputation.
In order to mitigate deforestation in your supply chains, you must first understand the issue and how it impacts your business.
To mitigate deforestation in your supply chains, there are many stakeholders — both inside and outside of your company — that you may need or want to engage.
One of the first steps of managing deforestation in corporate supply chains is getting a sense of where it is likely occurring.
If your company is new to reducing deforestation, there are many resources to help set an ambitious, scientific goal aligned with your core business.
Jurisdictional Approaches enable companies to collaborate with local governments and other stakeholders to increase productivity and reduce deforestation over an entire region, not just in a single supply chain.
Understand the tools and resources that others are currently using to engage their supply chains on deforestation.
By engaging with governments, civil society, and producers in key sourcing regions, retailers and food product companies can change the landscape of beef and soy production. This infographic gives you a quick understanding of the stakeholders in beef and soy supply chains.
A guide to corporate carbon accounting, including definitions of scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions, companies that have set scope 3 goals, and initiatives you can turn to for help doing the same.
The WRI PALM Risk Assessment Tool (PALM Tool) can help companies understand the relative risk ranking of palm oil mills in their sourcing regions.
Each year, we take a step back from the headlines and conferences to assess how, and how much, companies were integrating sustainability into business strategy and operations.