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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.


More Drought = More CO2

The California drought's impacts on agriculture, water systems and infrastructure are well known. Now new research demonstrates that there is a negative carbon…

Multinationals Collaborate to Halve Food Waste

At its annual Global Summit in New York City last week, the Consumer Goods Forum announced a bold resolution to tackle food waste.…

Lumber Liquidators Caught Selling Illegal Wood

Lumber Liquidators, one of the nation's largest hardwood flooring retailers, needs be held accountable for selling timber harvested from illegal sources and putting…

How Strong Are Commitments to Source Sustainable Palm Oil?

Many of the largest players in the palm oil industry have made commitments to make their supply chains more sustainable. But what do…
Palm oil, Union of Concerned Scientists, transparency, Whole Foods, Colgate-Palmolive, supply chain, Leon Kaye, Kraft

Consumer Brands, Big Investors Call for Stronger Sustainable Palm Oil Standard

Archer Daniels Midland, ConAgra, Kellogg and institutional investors responsible for some $4 trillion of capital are among members of a multi-stakeholder group that…
Dialogue participants listening to a presentation from the AMANAH Association of oil palm smallholders

Dialogue in Action: Deforestation-Free Commitments in Indonesia

The Forests Dialogue launched its first of a series of field dialogues on understanding “deforestation-free” commitments in Riau Province, Indonesia. As stated by…
Miguel Angel Girón Orellana adds wax to timber in an FSC-Certified sawmill in Peten, Guatemala

Making a Market Deep in the Rainforest

Rainforest Alliance is betting a true triple-bottom-line project can protect the Guatemalan rainforest. Can they pull it off?

McDonald’s Commits to Removing Deforestation From Its Supply Chain

This week, McDonald’s announced a commitment to remove deforestation from its supply chain. The global fast food company’s commitment includes its entire supply…
Palm oil, RSPO, Yum Brands, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, transparency, human rights, Leon Kaye, fast food

Yum! Brands Commits to 100 Percent Responsible Palm Oil

The purveyor of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell says it will ensure its suppliers meet guidelines set by the Roundtable on Sustainable…
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How Government Subsidies Drive Deforestation and Inequality

While contributing to agricultural and natural resource development and GDP, government subsidies are drivers of deforestation and marginalization of indigenous communities in environmentally…
ADM, Green Century Capital Management, New York State Common Retirement Fund, shareholder activism, shareholder proposals, palm oil, responsible palm oil, soy, responsible soy, Leon Kaye, climate change, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, deforestation

ADM Bows to Shareholder Pressure, Commits to New Deforestation Policy

Food and commodities giant ADM, which has reached over US$80 billion in revenues, says it will develop a no-deforestation policy in a move…
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3M, ForestEthics Bury Hatchet, Save Forests

Crafted in collaboration with ForestEthics and Greenpeace, 3M's new pulp and paper sourcing policy establishes a new industry sustainability standard aimed at ensuring…
Palm oil, Earth Balance, sustainable palm oil, deforestation, human rights, land rights, Leon Kaye, Colombia, Leon Kaye, RSPO, Palm Oil Innovation Group, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, supply chain

Earth Balance Switches to Sustainable Palm Oil

Earth Balance is in the midst of revamping its supply chain and says its goal is to source only sustainable palm oil by…

Rainforest Alliance Reviews Paper Giant’s Forest Conservation Efforts

Feb. 5 marked the two-year anniversary of paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper's commitment to halt further felling of the natural rainforest in…

Losing the Ecological War on Terror

According to the U.K.-based human rights group Global Witness, 147 people were murdered in 2012 for their environmental activism (the latest year data…