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Paper: Definition, Focus, Accountability Needed to Turn Deforestation Commitments Into Action
Paper: Definition, Focus, Accountability Needed to Turn Deforestation Commitments Into Action

4 years ago - In its new position paper published today, Halting Deforestation and Achieving Sustainability, the Rainforest Alliance addresses the recent surge in deforestation-free pledges. Timed to coincide with an Innovation Forum event in Washington, DC on “How Business Can Tackle Deforestation,” the paper argues the deforestation-free trend is an exciting development, but needs definition, focus, and accountability to deliver lasting benefits for forests, people and the planet.

Independent Evaluation - A Crucial Part of Our Zero-Deforestation Journey
Independent Evaluation - A Crucial Part of Our Zero-Deforestation Journey

4 years ago - Today marks two years since we launched our Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) and the anniversary is particularly significant as the Rainforest Alliance is publishing its independent evaluation of our progress. I believe this may be the first time that any company attempting to implement ‘zero deforestation’ in its supply chain on such a scale has submitted its programme to independent third-party evaluation.

APP on Slow Progress of Zero Deforestation Policy: 'We Must Have the Courage to Continually Improve'
APP on Slow Progress of Zero Deforestation Policy: 'We Must Have the Courage to Continually Improve'

4 years ago - On Wednesday, the two-year anniversary of the launch of Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), an unprecedented initiative aimed at defining a new standard and business model for achieving a deforestation-free paper supply chain, Rainforest Alliance (RA) released the results of its evaluation to gauge the paper giant’s progress on its commitments.

Report Finds Asia Pulp & Paper Lagging on Social Responsibility Commitments; APP Says It Will Take Time
Report Finds Asia Pulp & Paper Lagging on Social Responsibility Commitments; APP Says It Will Take Time

4 years ago - A field-based survey by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) investigating Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) performance, providing input into an evaluation of APP’s progress on fulfilling its social responsibility commitments, and making recommendations to the company finds little on-the-ground evidence to date that APP is taking sufficient action to resolve land conflict issues.

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Rainforest Alliance Partners with the Guardian on New 'Follow the Frog' Campaign
Rainforest Alliance Partners with the Guardian on New 'Follow the Frog' Campaign

5 years ago - Rainforest Alliance has announced a new platform for its annual Follow the Frog campaign. In partnership with the Guardian, Follow the Frog 2014 will be a 10-month integrated experience designed to foster engagement with a growing population that cares about sustainability and want to take action in their daily lives.

Independent Study Shows APP Has Enough Plantation for Its Zero-Deforestation Commitment
Independent Study Shows APP Has Enough Plantation for Its Zero-Deforestation Commitment

5 years ago - An independent study released Wednesday has confirmed that Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) has sufficient plantation resources to meet the pulp requirements of its existing mills as well as its future mill in OKI, South Sumatra.The launch of the company’s Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) in February 2013 saw it commit to producing pulp and paper that is free from fiber or activity linked to deforestation. In order to ensure existing supplier plantations have sufficient capacity to meet this commitment, The Forest Trust (TFT) and Ata Marie were asked to conduct an independent “Growth and Yield” study to assess existing plantation areas.

Bridging the Gap: Using Sustainable Finance to Improve Cocoa Farmer Livelihoods in Côte d’Ivoire
Bridging the Gap: Using Sustainable Finance to Improve Cocoa Farmer Livelihoods in Côte d’Ivoire

5 years ago - Smallholder cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire produce 40 percent of the world cocoa supply and are the backbone of a global industry worth billions of dollars. Yet while they generate up to 15 percent of the Ivorian GDP, the vast majority still live in poverty due to declining productivity.Cocoa yields in Côte d’Ivoire are some of the lowest in the world, primarily due to aging trees, deteriorating soils and disease. In the absence of long-term financing opportunities, cocoa farmers have been changing to other crops with better income opportunity, such as rubber trees.

Zero Deforestation: The New Norm — Implications for Major Brands
Zero Deforestation: The New Norm — Implications for Major Brands

5 years ago - Future 500 CEO Bill Shireman moderated two discussions during Sustainable Brands 2014 earlier this month that explored major progress made in the past two years in advancing zero-deforestation supply chains and implications for climate, human rights and transparency.Shireman kicked off the session on day one with an intriguing quote by a famous revolutionary: "There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen."

Avery Dennison, Rainforest Alliance Partner to Promote Sustainable Forestry in Honduras
Avery Dennison, Rainforest Alliance Partner to Promote Sustainable Forestry in Honduras

5 years ago - The Avery Dennison Foundation announced today it has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Rainforest Alliance to foster best practices in forestry management, create jobs and increase access to sustainably managed forest products.“As a leader in labeling and packaging, we’re in a unique position to move our industry toward sustainably sourced materials, and that includes investing in the communities that manage natural resources,” said Dean Scarborough, chairman, president and CEO of Avery Dennison. “By working with the Rainforest Alliance, we can improve the livelihoods of farmers and their families while creating economic dividends for the entire value chain.”

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How to Redefine Capitalism-as-Usual (or 8 Steps to Becoming a Truly Sustainable Brand)
How to Redefine Capitalism-as-Usual (or 8 Steps to Becoming a Truly Sustainable Brand)

5 years ago - When Patagonia launched its Responsible Economy campaign last fall, VP of Environmental Initiatives Rick Ridgeway eloquently summed up the ‘elephant in the room’ of capitalism: Growth is not sustainable. Ridgeway accepts that evolving from our current economic system will be especially challenging for larger companies with insatiable IPOs, but I’d like to share some ways it not only can be done but is being done.1. CSRCorporate social responsibility has been a fantastic gateway for newcomers to sustainable business values, allowing a brand to better understand its impacts and act as a baseline to refer back to over time.

Rainforest Alliance Reinstates IKEA's FSC Certification
Rainforest Alliance Reinstates IKEA's FSC Certification

5 years ago - The Rainforest Alliance (RA) announced this week it has lifted the suspension of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate of Swedwood Karelia LLC, a subsidiary of IKEA, following an independent appeals committee evaluation of the company’s 2013 annual audit.

Stopping Global Deforestation: How to Turn Around a Giant (Part 2 of 2)
Stopping Global Deforestation: How to Turn Around a Giant (Part 2 of 2)

5 years ago - This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from Engaging Outraged Stakeholders: A How-To Guide for Uniting the Left, Right, Capitalists and Activists (Affinity Press, 2013), the new book from Future 500. Earlier this month, we posted the beginning of Chapter Two: The Power of Engagement, and learned six reasons to engage your activist stakeholders.

Insights from COP19: Women Play a Critical Role in Global Climate Crisis
Insights from COP19: Women Play a Critical Role in Global Climate Crisis

5 years ago - The Rainforest Alliance’s climate team reports back from COP19, highlighting the increasingly crucial role of women in helping communities to mitigate and adapt to climate change.You’ve undoubtedly heard the old saying: “Behind every great man is a great woman.” Today, in many parts of the world, women are getting out in front and playing crucial roles in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. Unfortunately, when it comes to one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century — combating climate change — women are too often left out of the conversation altogether.

How Green Is Your Coffee? New PCR Standardizes GHG Calculation for Coffee Production
How Green Is Your Coffee? New PCR Standardizes GHG Calculation for Coffee Production

5 years ago - A new Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (CFP-PCR) was published this week, providing the first CPR for the calculation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from coffee production. The Green Coffee CFP-PCR rule was initiated by SAI Platform’s Coffee Working group members, including illycaffé, Nestlé, Tchibo, Mondelez and Lavazza, and standard-setting bodies 4C, Fairtrade International, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified, in collaboration with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH).

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Peruvian Stevia Farm Becomes World's First to Achieve Rainforest Alliance Certification
Peruvian Stevia Farm Becomes World's First to Achieve Rainforest Alliance Certification

5 years ago - The Stevia One Perú SAC farm in northern Peru has earned Rainforest Alliance certification, becoming the world’s first stevia farm to earn the distinction, according to an announcement today by Rainforest Alliance. The farm met the rigorous standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), conserving natural resources, protecting wildlife and ensuring the well-being of farm families to earn the certification, which marks an important milestone in increasing the sustainability of the industry.

Sustainable Agriculture Practices Key to Fighting Chronic Hunger, Productivity Challenges
Sustainable Agriculture Practices Key to Fighting Chronic Hunger, Productivity Challenges

5 years ago - While obesity is a growing problem in some industrialized countries, a shocking number of people are starving on their feet. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an estimated 842 million people are chronically hungry — that’s one out of every eight people on the planet — and two billion people lack sufficient nutrition for good health. To call attention to the problem, FAO has organised World Food Day every year since 1981. The theme for this year’s World Food Day, taking place today — October 16 — is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security.”

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