How do we rank the 500?
The scoring methodology shows how each of the powerbrokers in the first three categories of the Forest 500 – jurisdictions, companies, and financial institutions – have been assessed and ranked in respect to their policies addressing potential deforestation embedded in forest risk commodity supply chains.
Specific methodologies and indicators have been developed for each powerbroker type. The indicators cover overarching cross-commodity zero deforestation commitments, commodity-specific policies, as well as the scope of commitments and whether progress is reported transparently. Scores out of 100 have been translated into between 0 and 5 points, both overall and for each indicator category, as shown on each powerbrokers’ profile.
Note on the financial institution scoring methodology: The scoring methodology for Financial Institutions was updated in 2017. Unlike previous years, financial institutions no longer receive points for general sustainability policies but instead need to have sustainable financing policies that explicitly focus on forests to score points. Furthermore, the new scoring methodology assesses the scope of financial institution’s policies in more depth (i.e. whether the policy applies to all portfolio companies or only a subset). As a consequence of these changes, many Financial Institutions have received a lower score for their policies this year compared to 2016. This is largely due to the change in the methodology rather than a change in their policies.