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ZSL holds 2nd Forest Transparency forum in Douala, Cameroon

Clara Melot

London, UK

One year after the first edition of the Forum, the event gathered twenty-five forestry sector participants, including seven SPOTT-assessed companies, and industry bodies such as the Groupement de la Filière Bois au Cameroun, (GFBC) and…

SPOTT and the Open Timber Portal partner to promote transparency in the tropical timber sector to tackle illegal logging

Caroline Sourzac-Lami

London, UK

Tropical timber markets are increasingly regulated at all stages of the supply chain. Forest codes in producer countries frame the way lands are allocated for timber production, define the requirements for management plans, and set harvesting rules. At the other…

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Palm oil: a business case for sustainability

Eleanor Spencer

London, UK

To date, arguments used to persuade the palm oil industry to improve its practices have focused, quite rightly, on the ecological and moral cases for change. However, these arguments have not yet been enough to convince all…

Unsustainable natural rubber poses major threat to wildlife and people

Eszter Wainwright-Déri

London, UK

Used in everyday products, such as tyres, yoga mats, shoes and condoms – global natural rubber production is lacking the transparency and subsequent sustainability commitments to protect both people and wildlife. That is the finding of the world’s…

ZSL report finds majority of companies don’t know origin of their palm oil

Michael Guindon

London, UK

International conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) today calls on global businesses to step up scrutiny on palm oil, as a new analysis by the charity reveals that the majority of the world’s most significant palm oil…

Improving tracking of transparency and progress: updates to SPOTT assessments

Clara Melot

London, UK

As we approach 2020 and the deadline for several corporate commitments nears – including collective commitments by the Consumer Goods Forum and New York Declaration on Forests endorsers – there is an urgent need to…

Tropical forestry sector failing to assess impacts of climate crisis

Eszter Wainwright-Déri, Caroline Sourzac-Lami

London, UK

Only 6% of the world’s most significant timber and pulp producers and traders with operations in the tropics are taking steps to assess the impacts of climate change – posing a risk to the forestry industry and all…

The need for spatial data transparency in the tropical forestry sector

Caroline Sourzac-Lami

London, UK

The world’s remaining forests are being degraded and lost at a dramatic pace: it is estimated that each second, more than one hectare of tropical forest, an area slightly larger than a standard football pitch, is affected…

15 natural rubber producers selected for inaugural SPOTT assessments

Eszter Wainwright-Déri

London, UK

The rapid expansion of rubber monocultures in recent decades has resulted in similar environmental and social impacts – such as deforestation and land grabbing – to those caused by other plantation-based commodities, but has received far less attention than other…

Forestry Transparency Forums tackle illegal tropical timber production and trade

Claire Salisbury

London, UK

Illegal logging is a major driver of tropical forest degradation, leading to biodiversity loss. Strengthening the legality of tropical timber production and trade is key to increasing the sustainability of timber production. The European Union’s FLEGT – Forest Law Enforcement,…

SPOTT to assess 100 palm oil companies in 2019

Annabelle Dodson

London, UK

Increasing demand for palm oil and expansion of the sector in frontier areas, including in Central and South America, Central and West Africa, and Papua New Guinea, is continuing to fuel deforestation in some of the most biodiverse regions on…

Committed to sustainable palm oil?

Michael Guindon

London, UK

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) unites thousands of stakeholders from across the palm oil industry todevelop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. Ordinary and Affiliate members are required to submitan Annual Communication of…

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