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More Companies Cutting Deforestation Out of Supply Chains
More Companies Cutting Deforestation Out of Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Barriers remain, particularly around data; but a joint AFi-CDP report finds 7% of companies assessed have eliminated deforestation from at least one supply chain.

Despite Global Commitments, Deforestation Is Surging: 5 Ways Companies Can Right the Ship
Despite Global Commitments, Deforestation Is Surging: 5 Ways Companies Can Right the Ship

SUPPLY CHAIN - October’s commitment by the countries home to our major rainforests — as well as prior agreements from COP, the US and the EU — show serious intent. Here’s how companies can effectively protect critical biodiversity.

SFI’s New Standard Aims to Bring Holistic Protection to Urban Forests
SFI’s New Standard Aims to Bring Holistic Protection to Urban Forests

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The sustainability non-profit is attempting to scale the first widely accepted certification standard for urban and community forestry.

Major Companies, Investors Still Blind to Their Role in Deforestation
Major Companies, Investors Still Blind to Their Role in Deforestation

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Global Canopy’s 10th annual Forest 500 report reveals that, despite some pockets of progress, voluntary private sector action has failed to generate meaningful progress on commodity-driven deforestation.

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Nature Positive Initiative Aims to Promote Alignment, Integrity in Race to Save Global Biodiversity
Nature Positive Initiative Aims to Promote Alignment, Integrity in Race to Save Global Biodiversity

NEW METRICS - The NPI will clarify and standardize the term ‘nature positive;’ and drive synergies across the many actors supporting and implementing changes towards the goal of halting and reversing nature loss by 2030.

Global Fashion Houses, NGOs Call on Industry to Commit to Deforestation-Free Leather
Global Fashion Houses, NGOs Call on Industry to Commit to Deforestation-Free Leather

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Deforestation-Free Call to Action for Leather calls on brands and retailers to ensure sourcing of bovine leather from deforestation-free supply chains by 2030 or earlier.

17 Global Companies to Set World’s First Science-Based Targets for Nature This Year
17 Global Companies to Set World’s First Science-Based Targets for Nature This Year

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Science Based Targets Network’s science-based targets for nature are a significant step towards helping companies take integrated action to protect nature — beginning with freshwater and land.

It’s Time for Brands to Embrace One of the Most Exciting Climate-Mitigation Tools We Have
It’s Time for Brands to Embrace One of the Most Exciting Climate-Mitigation Tools We Have

THE NEXT ECONOMY - There is a clear business case to invest in protecting and restoring nature — and rewilding can play a major role.

As Forests React to Climate Change, Can Genetically Modified Trees Stand in the Gap?
As Forests React to Climate Change, Can Genetically Modified Trees Stand in the Gap?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - In the lab, Living Carbon’s GM poplars accumulated biomass up to 53% faster, trapping as much as 27% more carbon than non-engineered poplars. But skeptics aren’t convinced they’re seeing the forest for the trees.

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Pension Funds Committed to Net Zero Are Still Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees
Pension Funds Committed to Net Zero Are Still Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - According to Global Canopy and Make My Money Matter, the majority of pension providers in major climate coalitions do not have credible policies or commitments to tackle deforestation.

Consumer Product Brands Embrace Responsible Forestry
Consumer Product Brands Embrace Responsible Forestry

SUPPLY CHAIN - When it comes to forest products, Bio Pappel, HP, Melissa & Doug, REI and Amazon are all leaders in responsible sourcing. What does this commitment look like in practice?

‘Clean Beauty’ Is Just a Pipe Dream If Sustainability Gets Left Behind
‘Clean Beauty’ Is Just a Pipe Dream If Sustainability Gets Left Behind

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Every year, 3B trees are turned into paper packaging for the products we buy — including for many ‘clean’ beauty brands. These brands must take the same holistic approach to their packaging as their ingredients.

Faroe Islands ‘Preservolution’ Strategy Prioritizes Sustainability, Engages Local Residents
Faroe Islands ‘Preservolution’ Strategy Prioritizes Sustainability, Engages Local Residents

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Visit Faroe Islands’ innovative strategy and annual ‘Closed for Maintenance’ voluntourism program illustrate the destination’s dual commitment to both promotion and the sustainable development. Lacking relevant legislation, VFI uses tourism to support sustainable development on a broader scale.

PDX Redesign Supports Local Communities, Forests and Biodiversity Through Supply Chain Traceability
PDX Redesign Supports Local Communities, Forests and Biodiversity Through Supply Chain Traceability

SUPPLY CHAIN - The PDXNext redesign of Portland International Airport’s main terminal involved a first-of-its-kind supply chain that supported the regional timber industry; and ensured wood traceability and equitable sourcing from local tribal, private and public landowners’ responsibly managed forests.

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Creating Life from Death: Transcend Attempts to Reverse the Environmental Impacts of Burial
Creating Life from Death: Transcend Attempts to Reverse the Environmental Impacts of Burial

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The new startup offers a regenerative ‘tree burial’ service that reimagines cemeteries as forests — enabling the dearly departed to truly give back to the land and encouraging younger generations to think about death in new ways.

COP27 Yields More Impressive Forest-Conservation Commitments; But Will Our Efforts Go Up in Smoke?
COP27 Yields More Impressive Forest-Conservation Commitments; But Will Our Efforts Go Up in Smoke?

WALKING THE TALK - From COP27, we see more and more business initiatives focused on not only reaching sustainability, but averting a climate crisis and achieving nature positivity — but have climate-fueled forest fires already nullified our chances at an effective carbon market?

This Company Is Sowing the Seeds for a Scalable Regenerative Ag Revolution
This Company Is Sowing the Seeds for a Scalable Regenerative Ag Revolution

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Regrow’s climate-smart digital platform is making regenerative farming accessible and scalable for scientists, farm advisors, growers and conservationists, while pushing food giants toward their net-zero goals.

Andreu World Takes Next Steps Towards Circular Furniture Production
Andreu World Takes Next Steps Towards Circular Furniture Production

THE NEXT ECONOMY - CEO Jesús Linares discusses the rigors of achieving Cradle-to-Cradle certification, and venturing further into reuse and upcycling for the goal of 100% circularity by 2025.

Team of Scientists Unveil Space-Tech Platform That Tracks Carbon in Every Tree
Team of Scientists Unveil Space-Tech Platform That Tracks Carbon in Every Tree

NEW METRICS - CTREES’ global dataset provides a nearly real-time picture of the carbon implications of forest conservation and restoration at the local, national and global level — ensuring results from efforts to reach global climate targets can be accurately reported.

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John Oliver’s Inconvenient Truth: The Voluntary Carbon Market’s Biggest Problem Is the Market Itself
John Oliver’s Inconvenient Truth: The Voluntary Carbon Market’s Biggest Problem Is the Market Itself

THE NEXT ECONOMY - By failing to acknowledge our industry’s flaws, we could hinder meaningful progress on real issues going forward — namely, making sure carbon offsets actually contribute to reducing GHG emissions.

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