To select the Forest 500, Global Canopy first indentifies the key countries producing and trading forest-risk commodities. In order to focus on these regions when selecting the powerbrokers.
To identify key producing countries the following factors were considered: forest type, overall forest cover, extent and rate of forest loss, change in average deforestation rate, amount of remaining natural forest, amount of intact forest landscape loss, and forest-risk commodity production quantities. To identify key trading countries total value of forest-risk commodity imports, and the importance of trading partnerships with each of the key producing companies were considered.
Download the data used for this selection here. You can also access the full country selection methodology here.