Each year the Forest 500 assesses the companies, financial institutions and jurisdictions that have the power to end deforestation. These “powerbrokers” are given a score out of five based on the strength of their policies to curb deforestation across four commodities: soy, palm oil, cattle (beef and leather), timber (including pulp and paper). In 2017 we found that there had been some progress – but much still remains to be done.
Despite improvement among leading companies, the rate of progress by most companies is inadequate to meet deforestation targets for 2020. Explore the company assessments here.
Demand for unsustainably produced commodities remains uncurbed by major importing countries, while producer countries are committing to address deforestation within their borders. Read more here.
Strong policies from a small – but growing number of leading financial institutions are yet to be matched by their peers and the companies they finance. Read more here.