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Selection methodologies 2018

The selection of the Forest 500 is based on two main criteria: (1) risk of being linked to tropical deforestation through involvement in or potential exposure to forest risk commodity supply (FRC) chains; and (2) influence within the political economy of tropical deforestation. 

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The 350 companies represent the players with the greatest influence within global FRC supply chains. As these companies hold dominant positions in commodity production, processing, manufacture and/or retail, they are at greater potential risk of exposure to unsustainably produced FRCs. Companies are selected based on the scale of their commodity production, the volume of commodities they process or trade, and their market share within global manufacturing and retail sectors.

The 150 financial institutions are the key investors, lenders and other financial institutions exposed to forest risk commodity supply chains. They have been identified according to data on their shareholdings, bondholdings, and lendings and underwritings.