Achieving Zero Net Deforestation
Deforestation accounts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Each year, 11.5 million hectares of tropical rainforest is destroyed; the equivalent of 50 football fields per minute. 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, our Board, at its meeting in November 2010, agreed a resolution pledging to mobilise resources within their respective businesses to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. 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 happening.