Major companies and financial institutions are persistently ignoring their role in driving deforestation

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Global Canopy’s 10th annual Forest 500 report reveals, that despite some pockets of progress, voluntary private sector action has failed to generate meaningful progress on commodity-driven deforestation.

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Webinar: The human rights blindspot in deforestation action

Join us for the launch of the third Forest 500 human rights briefing on 24 July, 14:00 – 14:25 BST.

Deforestation is intrinsically linked to human rights abuses. But just 1% of the companies most exposed to deforestation have a policy that covers all of the human rights aspects that their commodities are exposed to.

This briefing will give an overview of why companies and financial institutions must act on this critical link, outline the regulatory risks of failing to do so and offer practical guidance on where to start.

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2024: A decade of deforestation data

After 10 years and 1.3 million data points charting the companies and financial institutions most exposed to tropical deforestation, conversion of natural ecosystems and associated human rights abuses, ‘Forest 500: A Decade of Deforestation Data’ sets out 10 lessons for enabling and accelerating action. Read our full annual report.

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Dive into the Forest 500 rankings

The new assessments of the Forest 500 companies and financial institutions with the greatest exposure to tropical deforestation risk are now available.

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Global nature targets hinge on eliminating deforestation. Progress must happen as soon as possible – and can be made quickly

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Without urgent action on deforestation – which accounts for around 11% of emissions – net zero is out of reach. Over 90 percent of all deforestation is a result of clearing land for a handful of commodities like beef, soy, palm oil and timber. But this is not inevitable; commodities can be produced sustainably.