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Forest 500 Data

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Forest 500 scores over time

Since 2014, Forest 500 has identified the 500 companies and financial institutions with the greatest influence on and exposure to tropical deforestation, and annually assessed them on the strength and implementation of their policies on deforestation and human rights.

Over 200,000 data points are available to download for each year, including scores for all indicators, quotes and links used in the assessments, as well as general information on the companies and financial institutions including operating countries, sectors they operate in, and at which stages of the supply chain they are exposed to deforestation risk. 

You can explore some potential uses of the data and download the Forest 500 datasets below.

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Deforestation

Download the 2021 company data

For reference, find the full scoring methodology for companies and the selection methodology. We wish to thank the supporters and contributors to our data.

You might like to also download our guide to using the Forest 500 company data.

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Download the 2021 financial institution data

For reference, find the full scoring methodology for financial institutions and the selection methodology.

You might like to also download our guide to using the Forest 500 financial institution data.

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Supply chain workers

Download the latest country data

To select the Forest 500, Global Canopy first identifies the key countries producing and trading forest-risk commodities. Download the data used for this selection below. You can also access the full country selection methodology.

What can Forest 500 data be used for?

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 datasets

All Forest 500 data is publicly available on our website, which you can download above, or view on our ‘Rankings’ page. On the Rankings page, 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.

For further guidance on downloading the datasets, watch the video explainer:

How to use the Forest 500 data