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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.

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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.

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.

Why the UN's REDD+ Program Needs More Short-Term Focus
Why the UN's REDD+ Program Needs More Short-Term Focus

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The time has come to revisit REDD+ — the UN initiative that attempts to create financial value for the carbon locked in forests — to ensure that it is truly delivering on the momentum from Paris 2015.

New Palm Oil Risk Tool Allows Companies to Better Identify Deforestation Risk
New Palm Oil Risk Tool Allows Companies to Better Identify Deforestation Risk

CLEANTECH - Global Forest Watch’s new PALM (Prioritizing Areas, Landscapes and Mills) Risk Tool, released by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and freely available through its open-source Global Forest Watch Commodities platform, includes information about over 800 palm oil mills in Southeast Asia, along with regularly updated satellite imagery and spatial data.

Hershey Shares Progress on Social Responsibility Commitments
Hershey Shares Progress on Social Responsibility Commitments

PRESS RELEASE - The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) issued its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report – titled “Shared Goodness” – on June 9, showcasing progress made in 2015 against a variety of priority issues. Building on 2014, Hershey made continued progress through a range of efforts supporting the company’s commitment to responsible sourcing, ingredient transparency, simple ingredients and environmental sustainability. Additionally, 2015 marked the launch of Hershey’s Nourishing Minds program, the company’s global shared social purpose. The innovative program provides children in need with the basic nutrition they need to learn and allows Hershey to help address this critical issue with its deep expertise in food production.

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The Body Shop to Regenerate Over 18K Acres of Forest, Help Monkeys Find Love
The Body Shop to Regenerate Over 18K Acres of Forest, Help Monkeys Find Love

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Deforested and degraded lands inhibit the ability of endangered plants and animals to grow and thrive again. Restored wildlife corridors such as “bio-bridges” within damaged landscapes can help re-establish plant populations and reconnect endangered animal populations to boost breeding.

6 More Global Fashion Leaders Join CanopyStyle to Help Ensure Forest-Free Rayon by 2017
6 More Global Fashion Leaders Join CanopyStyle to Help Ensure Forest-Free Rayon by 2017

SUPPLY CHAIN - Canadian forest-conservation NGO Canopy has announced six new brand partnerships in its successful CanopyStyle initiative, through which more than 65 major fashion brands, designers and retailers have pledged to end the use of ancient and endangered forests in their rayon supply chains. Viscose and rayon fibers are made from wood pulp and are some of the most widely used in clothing and textiles, threatening endangered forests. Approximately 120 million trees are logged annually for fabrics and about a third of them are sourced from ancient and/or endangered forests.

FSC Certification Creates Competitive Advantages, Raises Standards in Forest Management
FSC Certification Creates Competitive Advantages, Raises Standards in Forest Management

SUPPLY CHAIN - Businesses face myriad ongoing challenges: Apart from the day-to-day fluctuations in market dynamics, entrepreneurs must deal with economies of scale, inter- and intra-market competition and regulatory compliance. Yet some voluntary compliance can unleash a competitive advantage expedites addressing the other challenges. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is precisely one such step: Especially in a time when consumer interest in sustainable materials continues to grow, FSC-certified wood and paper make sense economically, socially and environmentally.

New Study Finds FSC Certification Profitable for Businesses
New Study Finds FSC Certification Profitable for Businesses

MARKETING AND COMMS - The environmental and social benefits of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification are proven, as the organisation works to ensure sustainable use of forest products. But a recent WWF study has found that there is also a concrete economic benefit. The bottom line? On average, forestry companies can earn an extra US$1.80 for every cubic metre of FSC-certified timber.

Progress for Fashion and Forests: Two Years of CanopyStyle
Progress for Fashion and Forests: Two Years of CanopyStyle

COLLABORATION - Viscose and rayon fibers are made from wood pulp and are some of the most widely used in clothing and textiles, threatening endangered forests. Approximately 120 million trees are logged annually for fabrics and about one third of them are sourced from ancient and/or endangered forests. Since its launch in October 2013, 60 companies have committed to eliminate endangered forests from their fabric supply chains by 2017 through the CanopyStyle initiative.

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Study: Sustainable Forestry Policies May Lead to Increased Deforestation
Study: Sustainable Forestry Policies May Lead to Increased Deforestation

SUPPLY CHAIN - Policies aimed at protecting tropical forests may lead to increased deforestation and timber production, according to new research. Rising international demand for timber, foreign investment and other factors have encouraged governments and corporations to adopt sustainable forest management practices, but it seems they may have unexpected negative consequences.

Indonesian Paper Giants Commit Over $100M Towards Forest, Peatland Restoration
Indonesian Paper Giants Commit Over $100M Towards Forest, Peatland Restoration

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Amidst the bustle of COP21, Indonesian forests have received some pretty good news. After weeks of devastating fires, APRIL Group and Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), two of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies, have made strong reforestation commitments.

World Leaders at COP21 Must Act Now to Save Our Forests
World Leaders at COP21 Must Act Now to Save Our Forests

SUPPLY CHAIN - Discussion, collaboration and commitment necessary for long-term forest protectionThis week marks a critical moment for climate change. World leaders are gathering in Paris at the COP21 climate negotiations to discuss the role forests play within the broader climate debate. Their charge is to agree on a shared vision for industries, governments, civil society and consumers to halt and reverse the demise of the world’s natural forests.

55 Brands Are Protecting Forests with CanopyStyle
55 Brands Are Protecting Forests with CanopyStyle

SUPPLY CHAIN - Not-for-profit environmental organization Canopy has recruited big fashion brands in the fight to protect endangered forests since launching its CanopyStyle campaign in October 2013. Last week, the organization announced that Arcadia Group, C&A China, and Lindex joined the initiative and committed to ensuring their supply chains do not use ancient and endangered forests for fabrics such as rayon and viscose by 2017.

Indonesian Forest Fires, Amazon Tipping Points, and the Business Case for Investing in Reforestation
Indonesian Forest Fires, Amazon Tipping Points, and the Business Case for Investing in Reforestation

LEADERSHIP - Businesses have a central role in addressing the forest issues that are in today’s headlines—including the Indonesian fires (which emitted more CO2 in three weeks than the entire German economy in a year), and the Amazon forests, which may be at a tipping point with serious

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Study: Deforestation Threatens Majority of Amazon Tree Species
Study: Deforestation Threatens Majority of Amazon Tree Species

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - At least 36 percent and up to 57 percent of the the tree species in the Amazon Rainforest should qualify as threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, the most widely recognized authority on threats to species conservation, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances, as reported by The New York Times.

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