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Beta version of Forest IQ launches today

Annabelle Dodson

London, UK

Forest IQ is a new database that will provide financial institutions with market-leading data about corporate performance on deforestation, conversion of natural ecosystems and associated human rights abuses. This will enable financial institutions to identify risks and opportunities to help…

ZSL research shows palm oil industry must increase transparency to combat deforestation

Imogen Fanning | Eleanor Spencer

London, UK

A new assessment led by ZSL has revealed that more than half of the world’s most significant palm oil companies are failing to publicly assess their suppliers on commitments to sustainability and zero-deforestation. Data summary Published today (Wednesday 23 November)…

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A new open-access platform to bring greater oversight of deforestation risks

Annabelle Dodson

London, UK

ZSL, as a sub-grantee alongside Global Canopy, will be launching a revolutionary platform in 2022 bringing together the best data available on corporate exposure to, and reporting on, deforestation and other related environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. The project…

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What next for sustainable natural rubber? Reflections on the GPSNR’s 2022 General Assembly

Oliver Cupit

London, UK

It’s estimated that over 5 million hectares of natural forest were converted to rubber plantations between 2003 and 2017 in mainland Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Renewed ambition to tackle deforestation as a major driver of climate emissions was set…

EU deforestation regulation news

ZSL calls for natural rubber to be included in the scope of the proposed EU Deforestation Regulation

Oliver Cupit

London, UK

ZSL (Zoological Society of London) welcomes the proposal from the European Union (EU) Commission for a regulation on deforestation-free products designed to tackle deforestation associated with products placed on the EU market. However, we call on the EU to include…

Palm oil bottles company selection

Palm Oil Company Selection Updates

Imogen Fanning

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…

Consultancy Position: Spatial Data Analyst

Eleanor Spencer

London, UK

Consultancy Position: Spatial Data Analyst (HCVs in Indonesia) ZSL’s Sustainable Business and Finance programme is seeking a consultant to support on landscape High Conservation Value (HCV) probability mapping and analysis using spatial data. Using ZSL’s existing methodology, the consultant will…

Consultancy Position: Data Architect

Annabelle Dodson

London, UK

Consultancy Position: Data Architect ZSL’s Sustainable Business and Finance programme is seeking a consultant to support the delivery of SPOTT’s launch of the 2022 timber & pulp SPOTT assessments, managing My SQL data exports, manipulation and imports using ProBench, MyPhpAdmin,…

Palm oil indicator framework ZSL

Palm Oil Indicator Framework – your feedback welcome

Imogen Fanning

London, UK

We would like to invite you to provide feedback to us on the SPOTT Palm Oil indicator framework ahead of the 2022 assessments. We have not made any major changes, but have edited or added some indicators either in response…

ZSL WWF Report on RSPO

Committed to Sustainable Palm Oil? 3rd Edition.

Eleanor Spencer

London, UK

In this third edition of ‘Committed to Sustainable Palm Oil?’, ZSL and WWF analysed Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) reports submitted by palm oil growers, processors and traders, consumer goods manufacturers (CGMs) and retailers for the year 2020. Some key…

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Disclosure against PRI “Investor Expectations on Sustainable Palm Oil”

Annabelle Dodson

London, UK

As part of the PRI-coordinated engagement on Sustainable Palm Oil, more than 62 investment organisations with approximately US$8 trillion in assets under management endorsed a statement laying out their expectations of companies operating across the palm oil value chain and…

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The UK Environment Act: Due diligence on forest risk commodities

Maggie FitzHerbert

London, UK

The UK Environment Act 2021 sets out an important new suite of measures to tackle imported deforestation, by requiring companies to implement due diligence systems (DDS) for forest risk commodities in their supply chains. Whilst importing companies have been legally…

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