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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…

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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 to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. Ordinary and Affiliate members are required to submit an Annual Communication of…

ZSL strengthens its commitment to supporting sustainable palm oil

Michael Guindon

London, UK

Palm oil is an ingredient found in many food and non-food products. It’s versatility and efficiency over other vegetable oils has helped fuel demand for palm oil, with global demand expected to double by 2050. The rapid growth of the…

ZSL publishes 2018 SPOTT Annual Report

Joyce Lam

London, UK

2018 has been an eventful and productive year for SPOTT, as we expanded our scope, strengthened our links with the finance sector, and embarked upon a program of work with a geographical focus on the Congo Basin…

50 new timber and pulp companies selected for assessment in 2019

Chris Eves

London, UK

Illegal logging and trade in illegal timber deprive local communities of income and are major drivers of biodiversity loss. Strengthening forest governance and ensuring traded timber meets legal requirements are key to developing a sustainable global timber industry. One of…

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