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What can Forest 500 data be used for?

All Forest 500 data is publicly available on our website and can be used for a number of purposes, including:

Identifying high-risk companies and financial institutions

Forest 500 data can be integrated into high-level risk assessments of companies in supply chains and/or financial portfolios to understand which are the most exposed to deforestation risk.

Peer analysis and comparison

All 350 companies are assessed against best practice using the same methodology, as are all financial institutions. The Forest 500 data can be used to compare the strength of commitments and implementation to companies/financial institutions operating in similar industries. The scores are all directly comparable.

Identifying and analysing trends

Comparisons between segments of the supply chain, commodities, sectors, and the data collected on specific indicators can be easily used to identify and analyse trends across companies and financial institutions operating in the deforestation economy.

Engagement of companies and financial institutions

Where companies and financial institutions do not score for specific Forest 500 indicators, this highlights gaps in their approach on deforestation and human rights. This can be used to engage companies and financial institutions on how to improve their approach to align with best practice.

Benchmarking progress and accountability

Forest 500 data is updated annually, providing a key benchmark of the progress made by companies and financial institutions over time as compared with best practice.


How to use the Forest 500 data

You can download or view all Forest 500 data on our ‘Rankings’ pages. On the company ranking and financial institution ranking pages, filters can be used to explore specific commodities, segments, or sectors and their results, as well as being able to click through to individual company profiles to explore their assessment in more detail.

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How to use the Forest 500 data

How to use Forest 500 data