Deforestation

  • Are We Turning Collective Commitment into Action?

    As director of environmental sustainability at The Consumer Goods Forum, I get asked a lot about where our members are with regards to implementation, especially around our resolution to achieve zero-net deforestation by 2020
     
    It was, therefore, with great interest that a number of third-party organisations have published reports this last week on deforestation commitments. The first, from Supply Change and Forest Trends, tracks progress on 579 public commitments from companies around the world who have pledged to remove forest destruction from their supply chains. A second report was published by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In their report, they look specifically at assessing progress by our members towards achieving deforestation-free supply chains and assessing the steps being made towards collective zero deforestation targets. It also compares how our members are doing against those who are not.
  • Beef

    General

    Beef production is the leading driver of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, and the Cerrado wooded savannah South and East of the Amazon. These areas are two of the most bio-diverse biomes in the world, and play critical roles in the global climate. Brazil is the second largest producer on beef (after the USA), and the top global exporter since 2004. Brazil is the world’s fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases; nearly half of Brazil’s emissions are from land use change and forestry (LUCF). The growth of the cattle sector in Brazil has had an increasing impact on the Amazon as cattle production has shifted to that region, leading to increased deforestation levels in both regions.
     
    The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is an international  coalition of beef supply chain stakeholders committed to a sustainable global beef system. Its members include ranchers, processers, suppliers, retailers, NGOs, and governmental organisations. Our objective is to strengthen ties with the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB).
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  • CGF Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines - 2nd Edition

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  • Climate Change

  • Consumer Goods Industry and Its Ongoing Journey Towards Zero Net Deforestation

    As you may recall, earlier this year three reports by multiple third-party organisations were published on deforestation commitments. 
     
    The first, from Supply Change and Forest Trends, tracked progress on 579 public commitmentsfrom companies around the world who have pledged to remove forest destruction from their supply chains. A second report was published by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In their report, they looked specifically at assessing progress by our members towards achieving deforestation-free supply chains and assessing the steps being made towards collective zero deforestation targets. It also compared how our members are doing against those who are not. 
  • Consumer Goods Industry Announces Initiatives on Climate Protection

     

    Retailers and manufacturers to halt deforestation practices and phase out climate-damaging refrigerants 
     
    PARIS, 29th November 2010 – On the first day of the Cancun Climate Summit, the Consumer Goods Forum announced two major initiatives on climate change: to work toward ending deforestation, and to phase out the use of refrigerant gases with high global warming potential. 
     
    The Forum, formed in 2009, is a CEO-level organization of 400 global consumer goods manufacturers and retailers with combined revenue in excess of $2.8 trillion USD (2,1 trillion Euros). The initiatives were announced by the Board of Directors, comprised of 50 CEOs and co-chaired by Muhtar Kent of The Coca-Cola Company and Lars Olofsson of Carrefour. 
     
    “On behalf of my co-chair Lars Olofsson and the Board of Directors of The Consumer Goods Forum, we are in Cancun to lend our support to this monumental but essential task of creating solutions that lead to a low-carbon world,” said Muhtar Kent. “The initiatives that our industry announced today are good examples of the kind of bold and positive action that will be needed to move the needle in combating climate change.” 
  • Consumer Goods Industry Highlights Positive Climate Change Actions

     

    The Consumer Goods Forum Publishes Climate Change Booklet as Part of Paris Climate Week; Implementing Solutions for a Low Carbon Economy
     
    PARIS, 20th May 2015 – The Consumer Goods Forum (the CGF) today published its first-ever Climate Change Booklet. The Booklet highlights 18 real-life examples from the CGF’s retailer and manufacturer members on how they are making business changes to have a positive impact on the climate. The CGF applauds the engagement of these members on this critical issue and hopes the booklet will help inspire others to take up the baton. 
  • Deforestation

    General

    Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Every minute, tropical rainforest of the size of 50 football fields is destroyed. Whilst the causes of deforestation are complex, it is generally acknowledged that the biggest drivers are the cultivation of soya and oil palm, logging for the production of paper and board and the rearing of cattle. All of these commodities are major ingredients in the supply chains of most consumer goods companies. Our member companies drive the demand for these commodities and have an opportunity to ensure that the sourcing of these ingredients does not contribute to deforestation.
     
    Therefore, in 2010, our Board approved a resolution to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. We aim to achieve this through the responsible sourcing of these key commodities - soy, palm oil, paper and pulp and beef - so that the sourcing of these key commodities will not deplete tropical rainforests. It’s a big ask, and there is much to be done, but through working collectively in partnership with governments and NGOs, the creation of key documents, important stakeholder meetings and through webinars and other materials, change is taking place.
  • Deforestation Resolution

    Delivering on Resolution

    • Our members will deliver against the Deforestation Resolution by working towards excluding deforestation from their supply chains. They will provide a market for commodities that are sourced as to reduce tropical deforestation.
    • Our members will work with their suppliers to develop tropical deforestation-free sources for the commodities which they are purchasing.
    • Our members will ensure compliance with legislation and regulations that support conservation of tropical forests
    • We will work together with key influencers of the supply chain, including commodity businesses, governments and the finance sector.
    • We will promote awareness of sustainability issues in markets where this is now low.
       
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  • Fighting for Forests: The Leuser Ecosystem

    The Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra covers over 2.5 million hectares and includes alpine, lowland and mountain rainforest and carbon rich peatlands. It contains some of the world’s highest known levels of plant and animal diversity and is home to the largest intact forest left in Sumatra.  It is the last place on earth where critically endangered species like Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and sunbears can still be found together in the wild.  Sumatra has lost almost 50% of its tropical rainforest in the last 35 years and even designated conservation areas have not been spared from destruction.  
  • First TFA 2020 Workshop Catalyzes Action to Reduce Global Tropical Deforestation

    Workshop outputs also identified the need to address issues of land rights and resolve land conflicts
     
    JAKARTA, 15th July 2013 – During the first meeting of the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) 2020, a public-private partnership established by the U.S. Government and The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), held in Jakarta, June 27-28, the industry’s leading companies pledged their support to the Alliance’s mission to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the production of global agricultural commodities such as palm oil and pulp & paper. 
     
    The TFA 2020 workshop was opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and attended by 300 people, including representatives from the world’s top palm oil and pulp & paper production companies, major buyers, governments and NGOs from 16 countries. 
  • It's Time for Action

    The Consumer Goods Forum Calls for Binding Global Climate Change Deal
     
    Over 400 companies are members of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and they have joined the call for strong action on climate change. Collectively they turn over 2.5 trillion euros and directly employ 10 million people with a further 90 million estimated to work in their value chains. The CGF’s member companies include household names such as P&G, Nestle, Kraft, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Unilever, Heineken, Carrefour, Ahold and Marks and Spencer. 
     
    In June this year the CGF’s Boardcalled on
     
    ‘Heads of State across the world to engage and act with determination, leadership and ambition to secure an ambitious and legally binding global climate deal’.
     
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  • Mission of the Sustainability Pillar

    The mission of our environmental sustainability work is to position the consumer goods industry as a leader in tackling climate change, reducing waste and improving social and environmental stewardship in global supply chains.

    This objective will be achieved through the global and collaborative efforts of our members and, more specifically, by:

    • Addressing environmental sustainability challenges that impact the industry;
    • Bringing global alignment and voluntary standards to non-competitive areas such as ethical sourcing; and
    • Developing and agreeing on methodologies and metrics that measure environmental sustainability improvements in the industry.
  • New Soy Sourcing Guidelines to Help Drive Implementation of ‘Zero Net Deforestation’ Resolution

     
    PARIS, 29th July 2014 –The Consumer Goods Forum (“The Forum”) today announced publication of the first-ever “Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines”. The new document, available publicly, is seen as another important step for the consumer goods industry that looks to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, as outlined in The Forum’s resolution on deforestation.
     
    Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Whilst the causes of deforestation are complex, it is generally acknowledged that the biggest drivers are the cultivation of soya and oil palm, logging for the production of paper and board and the rearing of cattle. All of these commodities are major ingredients in the supply chains of most consumer goods companies, and following on from the 2013 Paper, Packaging & Pulp Sourcing Guidelines and the recent Board statement on climate change, The Forum’s Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines are seen as key to helping the industry meet their 2020 deadline.
  • Palm Oil

    General 

    Palm Oil is the most produced vegetable oil in the world in terms of production. Malaysia and Indonesia are leading producers, together accounting for 86% of global production. Although oil palm is a more sustainable producer of vegetable oil than other oil crops, there is a serious concern that the growing demand of palm oil for food and biofuel could lead to rapid and ill-managed expansion of palm oil production - resulting in serious deforestation.
     
    A wide array of parties, including palm oil producers, processors, consumer good companies, retailers, banks and NGOs, are therefore working together with the objective to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil. ‘Sustainable’ in this context implies that while using palm forests and palm forests lands, a balance is maintained between society’s demand for forest products and benefits, while preserving forest diversity, extent and integrity for future generations.
     
    Palm oil is used in a number of products. The oil palm fruit produces two oils - palm oil from the fleshy mesocarp and palm kernel oil from the seed or kernel. Palm oil is used primarily in food products: cooking oil, shortening, margarine, milk fat replacer and cocoa butter substitute. Palm kernel oil is mostly used in the oleochemical industry for making soap, detergent, toiletries and cosmetics.
     

    Progress

    Our Member companies will increase their support for the use of certified sustainable palm oil, whether these are in the form of Green Palm certificates or segregated, identity preserved supplies. As part of this, we  have also published Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines in 2015. The Guidelines are intended to assist companies in designing their own policies for sourcing palm oil more sustainably, and were developed by CGF retailer and manufacturer members, with input from standard setting organisations, NGOs, banks and suppliers. The Guidelines will serve as a ‘live’ tool for companies sourcing palm oil as the document will be updated as the landscape evolves.