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ZSL report reveals COVID-19 impact on natural rubber producers

Sam Ginger

London, UK

Assessment summary Smallholder producers of natural rubber are seeing greater impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic than larger producers, according to latest analysis by ZSL (Zoological Society of London) of the world’s most significant natural rubber producers and processors. Despite…

Tropical Timber: A Guide to Responsible Sourcing and Financing

Charlie Hammans

London, UK

Timber has been a vital resource for thousands of years and serves many functions. When produced at industrial scale, timber is harvested either through exploitation of areas of naturally occurring forest (natural forest management) or through forest areas expressly planted…

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Congo Basin countries move toward a timber export ban

Armstrong Mba

Yaounde, Cameroon

Following the virtual intergovernmental conference of ministers from Congo Basin countries, a communique was released, agreeing a log export ban covering seven of the member nations of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC). This group includes Cameroon,…

Keeping track of companies’ commitments to the environment

Philippa Oppenheimer

London, UK

Deforestation due to commodity production, most famously, palm oil, has gained increased public awareness over recent years. The commodity’s production has been a dominant force in wildlife declines seen in many countries, particularly in Southeast Asia. However, with the product’s…

Company selection updates for 2021 SPOTT Palm Oil assessments

Annabelle Dodson

London, UK

SPOTT assesses the most impactful producers, processors and traders in the palm oil sector on their public disclosure regarding the organisation, policies and practices related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Assessed companies are reviewed on an annual basis…

Sustainable finance and tropical forestry: a series of financial institution case studies

Clara Melot

London, UK

How do different financial institutions approach non-financial information and ESG issues when considering tropical forestry companies and supply chains exposed to timber, pulp and paper products sourced from tropical regions? To illustrate the variety of approaches which are available to…

New Thematic Guide to Supplier Engagement

Annabelle Dodson

London, UK

Supplier engagement is crucial to ensuring that sustainability policy commitments are being met throughout the supply chain. While a company’s own plantations might comply with its own policy requirements, third-party supplying plantations may not. Having a traceable…

Série de Webinars ESG: Finance durable et foresterie tropicale

Clara Melot

Click here for English. Série de Webinars ESG: Finance durable et foresterie tropicale La finance durable est cruciale pour répondre aux problématiques du changement climatique, de la déforestation, d’atteintes aux droits de l’homme ou bien répondre aux enjeux des objectifs de…

New Thematic Guide to Traceability

Claire Salisbury

London, UK

Understanding where a company, including all its subsidiaries, sources its palm oil from is an essential component in the implementation of sustainable sourcing commitments – without knowing its origin, it is impossible to verify if it is…

ZSL report finds many palm-oil companies failing to meet 2020 zero-deforestation targets

Eleanor Spencer

London, UK

Assessment summary International conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) is urging the palm oil industry to ramp up its reporting and take greater responsibility for its part in tackling the world’s climate and biodiversity crises, as they today…

Committed to sustainable palm oil? Analysis of 2019 ACOP reporting by RSPO member companies

Eleanor Spencer

London, UK

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) unites thousands of stakeholders from across the palm oil industry to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. Each year, Ordinary and Affiliate members are required to submit…

New Thematic Guide to Zero Deforestation

Claire Salisbury

London, UK

Palm oil, along with other soft commodities such as soy, timber, and beef, is a key driver of tropical forest degradation and loss. Deforestation of carbon-rich peatlands releases large quantities of greenhouse gases and is a significant…

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