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'The mining sector must come clean about its growing impact on deforestation'

Morgan Gillespy, (Nov 25, 2020)

Comment: The impact of the extractives sector on forest loss has been largely overlooked, says CDP's Morgan Gillespy. With the New York Declaration on Forests' goal of halving deforestation by 2020 in tatters, there's an urgent need to press laggards for action

How Biden’s White House could supercharge the battle against deforestation

Niki Mardas, (Nov 20, 2020)

Comment: Niki Mardas of Global Canopy says the president-elect’s promise of $20bn to protect the Amazon is welcome, but US leadership could be most decisive in targeting trade in forest-risk commodities like soy, palm and beef

Business must listen to land defenders if there is to be any chance of halting climate breakdown

Rachel Cox, (Jul 28, 2020)

Rachel Cox of Global Witness warns that those who stand on the frontline of environmental defence must be protected, as new figures reveal 2019 was the most dangerous year on record for indigenous and community activists

Growing evidence of record-high deforestation throws spotlight on role of investors

Oliver Balch, (Jul 6, 2020)

In the first part of his Cheat Sheet analysis of sustainability news, Oliver Balch looks at data from Planet Tracker showing agriculture funds failing to address deforestation risk, a new guide for ESG investors from Ceres, Syngenta’s Green Growth Plan, and how a fashion industry effort to source sustainable viscose has won backing from Amazon

‘We have self-isolated from our environment for far too long’

Arlo Brady, (Apr 22, 2020)

In this #EarthDay comment piece, Freuds CEO Dr Arlo Brady says there is no way we can socially distance our way out of the climate crisis, but the Covid-19 may hold other lessons about the importance of a speedy response and global cooperation

Coronavirus crisis throws spanner into EU’s climate-neutral ambitions

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 23, 2020)

The EU is being urged to ensure that financial stimulus to help industry survive the crisis should be compliant with its newly published Green Deal. Angeli Mehta reports

‘This is a wake-up call. We must live within our planetary boundaries to avoid future pandemics'’

Paul Polman, (Mar 23, 2020)

Paul Polman argues that companies must rapidly transition to a way of doing business that does not destroy biodiversity and natural capital or there will be more Covid-19s

Standoff at Rainbow Ridge as northern California tree protesters take aim at FSC and Home Depot

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 7, 2020)

Angeli Mehta reports on a community that is trying to prevent logging and use of herbicides in high conservation value forest

Is FSC certification worth the paper it’s printed on?

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 7, 2020)

Angeli Mehta reports on pressures to reform the forests certification scheme amid declining take-up and concerns about credibility in countries like Russia

Last stand for forests in Ethical Corporation magazine

Terry Slavin, (Feb 11, 2020)

In the first of a two-part investigation into how brands are performing on their 2020 commitments to ending deforestation in their supply chains, this month we look at palm oil and timber products

‘To curb deforestation in the long-term, break the link between politics and palm oil’

Tom Johnson, (Feb 3, 2020)

Tom Johnson of The Gecko Project warns that truly sustainable palm oil in Indonesia may be out of reach without confronting corruption, undue influence and abuse of power

Five sustainable business trends to watch for in a critical year

Lauren Compere, (Jan 22, 2020)

Lauren Compere of Boston Common Asset Management says companies and investors will have to urgently step up their ESG work on multiple fronts in 2020 and beyond

'To reverse deforestation in the 2020s we must rebuild trust between forest countries and brands'

Justin Adams, (Jan 3, 2020)

Justin Adams of the Tropical Forest Alliance says durable change will only come when companies graduate from individual feelgood efforts and engage in the messy, hard work of collective action

75 CEOs call for US to stay in the Paris Agreement as emissions continue to rise

Oliver Balch, (Dec 4, 2019)

As #COP25 opens in Madrid Oliver Balch reports on a boost in firms signing up to Science Based Targets and research on how 2020 goals have fallen short

'Indonesia is testament to what can happen when we work together on deforestation'

Justin Adams, (Sep 19, 2019)

Tropical Forest Alliance’s Justin Adams says independent action by companies, states and NGOs has not been enough to stop global forest loss. The next decade must be about collective action

‘Companies can no longer ignore deforestation risk. Consumers want bold action, and now'

Morgan Gillespy, (Aug 20, 2019)

With forestry and agriculture responsible for around 23% of net man-made greenhouse gas emissions, there's an urgent need for companies to come clean about their relationship with the land, says Morgan Gillespy of CDP

The IPCC special report on land use: Seven things to know about forests and climate change

Frances Seymour, (Aug 8, 2019)

Frances Seymour of World Resources Institute explains how the UN report confirms the importance of protecting forests in global strategies to fight climate change

How investors can help prevent Brazil’s soy farmers from cutting down forests

Ivo Mulder, (Aug 8, 2019)

Ivo Mulder of UN Environment Programme explains why UNEP has partnered with fund management company Sustainable Investment Management on the Responsible Commodities Facility, which will launch a bond on the London Stock Exchange later this year that incentivises Brazilian farmers to grow soy on degraded lands

Training for the deforestation marathon

David Cleary, (Jul 15, 2019)

With major companies warning their deforestation commitments are off track, David Cleary of The Nature Conservancy suggests business leaders strive for the humanly possible and work with NGOs to realise their long-term sustainability goals

CSR Cheat Sheet: Turning plastic waste into classrooms in Côte d'Ivoire and Colombia

Oliver Balch, (Jun 17, 2019)

In his monthly sustainability news round-up, Oliver Balch reports on how the circular economy is catching on in the Global South, progress on zero-deforestation commitments, and the latest data on wellbeing at work