Fairtrade and Earthworm Foundation Join Forces in ‘Landmark’ Partnership to Combat Deforestation

A new partnership launched by Fairtrade International, Fairtrade Africa, and non-profit organization Earthworm Foundation will work together to monitor deforestation and assess environmental vulnerability. Using Starling, a satellite monitoring tool developed by Earthworm Foundation and Airbus, the pilot project aims to capture critical deforestation data within Fairtrade cooperatives and their smallholder cocoa farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to support these communities in better management of forest landscapes. The partnership, which comes amid the European Commission’s push to ban imports of cocoa, coffee and other commodities when production is associated…

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UK industry leaders unite to cut deforestation- and conversion-linked soy from supply chains by 2025

UK industry leaders from 27 major businesses – all of the biggest UK grocery retailers (including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Iceland), some of the largest meat producers (including Avara Foods, 2 Sisters Food Group, Cranswick, Pilgrim’s UK), and food service companies and brands (such as Danone UK and Ireland, Nestle UK and Ireland, Nando’s, KFC UK and Ireland and McDonald’s UK and Ireland) united in signing the UK Soy Manifesto. This commits them to cutting deforestation and habitat destruction out of UK soy supply chains as…

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AXA announces a plan to fight against deforestation to preserve biodiversity

AXA has announced new commitments to preserve biodiversity by implementing a plan to fight against the deterioration of forest ecosystems. Deforestation is one of the main causes of biodiversity loss and carbon emissions. It even represents a double loss for the climate because forests are the greatest contributors to carbon capture. To protect these ecosystems, AXA will invest 1.5 billion euros to support sustainable forest management, including 500 million euros in reforestation projects in emerging countries, enabling a total of 25 megatons of CO2 to be captured each year. Currently,…

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New Consumer Goods Coalition to Accelerate Systemic Effort to Remove Deforestation and Forest Degradation from Key Commodity Supply Chains

As part of Climate Week 2020, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) officially launched the Forest Positive Coalition of Action, including 17 global consumer goods brands, retailers and manufacturers that will work together and use their collective voice to accelerate systemic efforts to remove deforestation, forest degradation and conversion from the key commodity supply chains of palm oil, soy, and paper, pulp and fibre-based packaging, and drive transformative change across the industry.   The Coalition, led by the respective company CEOs and co-sponsored at the CGF Board level by Carrefour and…

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As deforestation escalates in the Amazon, Ceres releases major new investor framework to drive urgent corporate action

As deforestation escalates in the Amazon rainforest, the sustainability nonprofit Ceres, along with institutional investors and leading scientific experts, released today a new first-of-its-kind engagement framework for investors to spur more bold corporate action on global deforestation – a major driver of the climate crisis.  New research from Ceres’ scientific partners found that commodity-driven deforestation – the clearing and burning of forests for agricultural production – is associated with five percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, new data from Brazil shows that deforestation in the Amazon rose more…

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