Deforestation

Helping business clean up supply chains and create opportuniy

Deforestation accounts for 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. To put that into perspective: Every minute, tropical rainforest of the size of 50 football fields is destroyed.

Although deforestation remains a pressing issue, a growing number of companies recognize the imperative to halt deforestation and move toward responsible forest management. The articles on this page are the stories of these groups and individuals.

HSBC Investigates Major Palm Oil Supplier Over Deforestation Allegations

The global banking giant HSBC has launched an investigation of a major Indonesian palm oil supplier over allegations that the company has been…

Brazilian Agribusiness Eyes Palm Oil: Is the Amazon in Further Danger?

A recent report reveals Brazil is becoming more aggressive about being a major player in the global palm oil industry. While this development…

Burger King Promises Path to Sustainability – Eventually

Burger King has announced that it will transition to antibiotic-free chicken by 2018 and is stepping up its effort to stop its support…

Saving Brazil’s Amazon: A Job for Tiny Norway

It's been a bad, bad month for Brazil's President Michel Temer. First he is called on the carpet by Brazil's supermodel, Gisele Bündchen,…

Palm Oil from Alleged SE Asia Deforester Hits the Market – But So Far, No Takers

One of South Korea’s largest conglomerates has produced a massive amount of palm oil with alleged links to deforestation in Indonesia. But POSCO…

U-Haul Invests in New England Wild Spaces

U-Haul and supermarket supplier C&S Wholesale Grocers announced a commitment to work with The Conservation Fund to offset their wood consumption by boosting…

Kimberly-Clark and WWF Launch Branding Partnership to Halt Deforestation

Kimberly-Clark and WWF have announced a new campaign to raise the awareness of both retailers and consumers about the benefit of FSC-certified paper…

UN Shares Frank Updates on the Sustainable Development Goals

The 19-page overview is frank and matter-of-fact, full of statistics that arouse hope, worry and of course, more questions, at the same time.…

Rainforest Alliance and Europe’s UTZ Announce Merger

Rainforest Alliance and UTZ have announced they will merge by the end of this year. The new Rainforest Alliance will eliminate double certifications…

21 Percent of Palm Oil Now Responsibly Sourced

The RSPO recently announced that 21 percent of the world's palm oil supply is now certified as sustainably sourced. NGOs reply, however, that…

Report: Carbon Markets Contribute to Global Climate Action Efforts, But Need a Boost

Proponents of carbon offsets say these programs do their part to mitigate climate change risk, but the market faced a rough year in…

P&G, 3M, IP and American Forest Foundation Boost Responsible Forestry in the Carolinas

P&G, 3M, and International Paper have announced a partnership with the American Forest Foundation to boost sustainable forestry efforts across the Carolina plains…

Trees are Migrating, Creating Uncertainty for U.S. Ecosystems and Business

A study reveals that tree species in the U.S. are moving north and west -- suggested a disruption to ecosystems, and businesses, in…

NGOs Accuse Meat and Soy Industries of Worsening Deforestation in Brazil and Bolivia

The NGOs Mighty Earth, Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace insist that deforestation in countries such as Brazil and Bolivia is only becoming worse.…

Sombra Mezcal Is Writing the Book on How to Be a Responsible Distillery

Crafting Mexican spirits like tequila and mezcal has a huge environmental footprint. But the artisan distillery Sombra Mezcal in Oaxaca says its process…