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Report: 2020 Deforestation Goals Are Unlikely to Be Achieved; Companies Need More Help
Report: 2020 Deforestation Goals Are Unlikely to Be Achieved; Companies Need More Help

SUPPLY CHAIN - The 2016 results from the Global Canopy Programme’s (GCP’s) ‘Forest 500’ have been released, and they don't bring good news. The deforestation policy analysis of the world's most influential powerbrokers, including companies, financial institutions, and countries, reveals that targets for 2020 and 2030 are unlikely to be met at the current rate of progress.

New York City’s Street Tree Map Proves Ecological, Economic Benefits of Urban Greenery
New York City’s Street Tree Map Proves Ecological, Economic Benefits of Urban Greenery

NEW METRICS - The value of ecosystem services has, up until recently, gone largely unrecognized by governments and corporations. While nature is inherently valuable for a variety of obvious reasons, putting a price tag on it isn’t exactly a straightforward process.

Timberland Feasibility Study Makes Compelling Case for Bringing Cotton Farming Back to Haiti
Timberland Feasibility Study Makes Compelling Case for Bringing Cotton Farming Back to Haiti

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new feasibility study entitled Cotton: Export Market Potential for Smallholder Farmers in Haiti makes a case for reintroducing a crop that was once the country’s fourth-largest agricultural export, but which collapsed nearly 30 years ago through a combination of politics and policies.

CPG Giants, NGOs, Traders Agree on Unifying Definition of 'No Deforestation' Palm Oil
CPG Giants, NGOs, Traders Agree on Unifying Definition of 'No Deforestation' Palm Oil

SUPPLY CHAIN - After a year of intensive work, the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Convergence Working Group announced in Bangkok today that they have reached agreement on a single, coherent set of rules for implementation of companies’ commitments to “no deforestation” in their palm oil operations and supply chains.

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Report: Forest Protection Pledges Have Surged, But Progress Has Been Mixed
Report: Forest Protection Pledges Have Surged, But Progress Has Been Mixed

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today, research groups released what they are calling the most comprehensive and detailed look at private sector progress on forest commitments. The report analyzes 600 companies engaged in the production of the “big four” globally traded commodities responsible for 40 percent of deforestation — palm oil, wood, cattle and soy. While forest protection commitments have surged, the report details mixed progress on their implementation.

AFF Report Finds Landowners Play Key Role in Forest Wildlife Preservation
AFF Report Finds Landowners Play Key Role in Forest Wildlife Preservation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Being a conservationist today means more than being a steward of the land; it requires an understanding of the ecological balance between man and animal, industry and ecology, necessary to maintain the health of the whole. The American Forest Foundation (AFF) works with family forest owners in 13 Southeastern states where currently, there are 224 forest-dependent species listed as endangered or threatened, with 293 more that could be listed in the near future. These same forests support nearly 1.1 million people in rural communities with employment and supply raw material for consumer wood products globally.

Sustainable Brands Corporate Members Engage in Campaign to Promote FSC
Sustainable Brands Corporate Members Engage in Campaign to Promote FSC

PRESS RELEASE - New campaign promotes FSC as one simple action with a profound impact. For the first time, six publicly traded companies – some of which are competitors – have come together to promote the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) directly to consumers. The companies are HP Inc., International Paper, Kimberly-Clark, McDonald's, Procter & Gamble, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. All sell FSC-certified products.

The Business Case for One Map in Indonesia
The Business Case for One Map in Indonesia

CLEANTECH - One of the major challenges in stopping illegal deforestation in Indonesia is the existence of numerous, conflicting concession maps, based on which level of government, or ministry, you talk to. This means for companies such as Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), APRIL or Felda, the land they have been granted could also have been given to another company, or conflict with indigenous or customary community land. And that's a problem.

Our Use of Eco-Labels Is Set to Soar – For Products, Brands ... and People?
Our Use of Eco-Labels Is Set to Soar – For Products, Brands ... and People?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Certification, standards and labels have long provided an effective mechanism for raising awareness around a range of sustainability issues – from deforestation and overfishing, to carbon reduction and energy efficiency.

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Why We've Got Beef with Some of the US' Largest Food Companies
Why We've Got Beef with Some of the US' Largest Food Companies

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - This week, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report — authored by myself and UCS analyst Lael Goodman — that scored 13 fast food, retail, and food manufacturing companies on their deforestation-free beef commitments and practices.

Where’s the Deforestation-Free Beef? New Scorecard Finds No Stand-Out Leaders
Where’s the Deforestation-Free Beef? New Scorecard Finds No Stand-Out Leaders

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new scorecard released today examined thirteen global fast food, retail and food manufacturing companies and found that even the top-scoring of the group are failing to protect South American tropical forests from being converted to pasture for cattle. The clearing of tropical forests contributes about 10 percent of all global warming emissions, and beef production is the largest contributor.

Eastman Partnerships Promote Positive Change Around the World
Eastman Partnerships Promote Positive Change Around the World

PRESS RELEASE - Eastman team members are committed to investing in their communities, no matter where they are. At the Kohtla-Järve (KJ) site, team members have been involved in a number of endeavors that have made an impact in that small Estonian community. Eastman began observing Earth Day events in 2013 in KJ. Volunteers recently used their time and talent to continue a tree planting project that was started last year. In a commitment to environmental stewardship, 10 trees were planted last year in front of the administrative building, and another 10 trees were added this year.

Timberland Launch "Buy One. Plant One." Initiative
Timberland Launch "Buy One. Plant One." Initiative

PRESS RELEASE - At Timberland we love trees and we have a vision of a world where children are more connected to nature. And what a better time to plant a tree than when school starts again, after a nice summer break? From August 15th to September 15th Timberland, in partnership with Pur Projet, will plant a tree for every pair of kids shoes sold, and the geo-localization tool will allow every child to locate on a map where his tree will be planted. All trees will be planted in Transylvania, where landscapes have been marked by extensive agriculture and original forests have long been cleared.

The UPS Foundation Advances Global Forestry Initiative
The UPS Foundation Advances Global Forestry Initiative

PRESS RELEASE - 7 million trees planted in 52 countries around the world  Foundation to award millions in environmental grants US 08/31/16

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Building a Resilient Landscape Through Global Collaboration
Building a Resilient Landscape Through Global Collaboration

COLLABORATION - While the challenges of climate change are undeniably global, politics and measures to actually solve them remain largely local. Last year’s Paris Agreement was a landmark moment for this issue. Now comes the difficult task of putting words and treaties into action. The IUCN World Conservation Congress, set to begin in Honolulu this week, seeks to do just that. In order to be successful, it’s critical the delegates representing government, business, NGOs, the scientific community and indigenous people from more than 160 countries embrace not just the hard work ahead, but also the urgent need for meaningful collaboration.

New LCA Framework Offers Cutting-Edge Transparency for Forest and Paper Products
New LCA Framework Offers Cutting-Edge Transparency for Forest and Paper Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The environmental impacts that can result from making forest and paper products are impossible to ignore. Millions of acres of forests are logged each year and, as a result, threatened species may be affected, forest carbon storage can be reduced, and streams and rivers can be silted and polluted. In addition, significant amounts of energy and water consumption, effluent release and solid waste occur in the manufacturing of wood and paper products (though these impacts can be greatly reduced through incorporating recycled content). Proper understanding and analysis of these environmental impacts are critical in order to find ways to avoid or mitigate them, and to accurately compare and choose products and suppliers that demonstrate environmental leadership.

Disney Buys Up Carbon Credits in Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Disney Buys Up Carbon Credits in Mondulkiri, Cambodia

PRESS RELEASE - The Walt Disney Company has purchased $2.6 million in carbon credits in the forests of Mondulkuri province – marking the largest carbon credit sale to date in Cambodia and breathing life into a carbon-trading program many had written off as all but dead. In collaboration with the Cambodian government and brokered by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the US-based media giant will purchase 360,000 tonnes worth of carbon emissions in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in a bid to offset its global carbon footprint.

Are Your Retirement Funds Destroying Rainforests? This New Web Tool Can Tell You
Are Your Retirement Funds Destroying Rainforests? This New Web Tool Can Tell You

CLEANTECH - For the eco-conscious American, it may seem counterintuitive to invest in companies notorious for deforestation. Unfortunately, they may be unknowingly supporting such corporations through their retirement funds. “When Americans put their hard-earned money in savings and retirement accounts, they believe they are preparing for a better future. But large asset managers undermine that very future, globally speaking, by putting this money into destructive agribusiness firms, generally through complex investment chains and failures in due diligence,” said Jeff Conant, the senior international forests program manager at Friends of the Earth.

WWF and Toyota Form Global Partnership, Join Forces on Living Asian Forest Project and Climate Change
WWF and Toyota Form Global Partnership, Join Forces on Living Asian Forest Project and Climate Change

PRESS RELEASE - WWF and Toyota Motor Corporation have entered into a five-year agreement aimed at accelerating the globe's transition to sustainability. Through this partnership, the organizations will work together to promote biodiversity conservation, raise environmental awareness and accelerate the move toward a "zero carbon" society. Toyota is the first car company and the first Japanese company to sign a Global Corporate Partnership agreement with WWF. The agreement went into effect on July 1, 2016.

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IFF and Unilever Launch Partnership to Improve the Lives of Vetiver Farming Communities in Haiti
IFF and Unilever Launch Partnership to Improve the Lives of Vetiver Farming Communities in Haiti

PRESS RELEASE - View full infographic here. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and Unilever announced today a new partnership with leading non-governmental organizations to enhance the livelihoods of smallholder vetiver farmers in Haiti. The partnership, Vetiver Together, aims to sustainably improve food security, increase yields, and diversify income, while working to support women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.

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