Deforestation Resolution

In November 2010, our Board of Directors agreed a resolution on deforestation, with the aim of achieving zero net deforestation by 2020. The Resolution is of voluntary character, but authoritative (non-binding in a legal sense). It is voted upon by the Board on behalf of our members.

"As the Board of The Consumer Goods Forum, we pledge to mobilise resources within our respective businesses to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020.

We will achieve this both by individual company initiatives and by working collectively in partnership with governments and NGOs.

Together we will develop specific, time bound and cost effective action plans for the different challenges in sourcing commodities like palm oil, soya, beef, paper and board in a sustainable fashion.

We will also work with other stakeholders – NGOs, development banks, governments etc – to create funding mechanisms and other practical schemes that will incentivise and assist forested countries to conserve their natural assets and enable them to achieve the goal of zero net deforestation, whilst at the same time meeting their goals for economic development".

Defining "Zero Net Deforestation"

  • “Zero net deforestation” can be distinguished from "zero deforestation", which means no deforestation anywhere.
  • The Forum endorses the WWF definition of zero net deforestation.
  • However, zero net deforestation is not achieved through the conversion of primary or natural forests into fast growing plantations. Such conversion would count as deforestation in assessing progress against the target. 
  • "Zero net deforestation" acknowledges that some forest loss could be offset by forest restoration. Zero net deforestation is not synonymous with a total prohibition on forest clearing. Rather, it leaves room for change in the configuration of the land-use mosaic, provided the net quantity, quality and carbon density of forests is maintained. It recognises that, in some circumstances, conversion of forests in one site may contribute to the sustainable development and conservation of the wider landscape (e.g. reducing livestock grazing in a protected area may require conversion of forest areas in the buffer zone to provide farmland to local communities).

Deforestation Resolution - The Consumer Goods Forum


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.

Working Together

Our members will work with a wide array of stakeholders globally, who are supportive in meeting the deforestation commitment. Those include:
  • Supra-national organisations (eg United Nations and European Union-related organisations);
  • Governments (eg public – private partnerships);
  • Development Banks;
  • NGOs; and
  • Trade Associations.

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