In September 2017, over 60 Brazilian and international NGOs, foundations and scientific institutes published the ‘Cerrado Manifesto’. It called for “immediate action in defense of the Cerrado by companies that purchase soy and meat from within the biome, as well as by investors active in these sectors. This includes the adoption of effective policies and commitments to eliminate deforestation and conversion of native vegetation and disassociate their supply chains from recently converted areas”.
In October 2017, 23 global companies including Ahold Delhaize, Marks & Spencer, METRO, Tesco, McDonald’s, Nando’s, Unilever and Walmart launched the Statement of Support (SoS) for the Cerrado Manifesto – the SoS supports the objectives defined in the Cerrado Manifesto and signatories “commit to working with local and international stakeholders to halt deforestation and native vegetation loss in the Cerrado”.
By August 2018, the number of companies pledging to support the SoS had reached over 100 signatories, and this number continues to rise. Signatory companies extend beyond membership of The Consumer Goods Forum, including retailers, manufacturers, livestock producers and the financial sector.
The SoS aims to halt deforestation and native vegetation loss in the Cerrado and promote more resilient agriculture and sustainable land planning approaches in the region. Signatories support the development of soy and cattle production in a manner that avoids deforestation and native vegetation loss, such as using the 38 million hectares of already converted land in the Cerrado that is suitable for agriculture.
Signatories to the SoS recognise that alongside individual company action, our combined voices can support the development of effective policies and approaches for change.
The SoS is led by a Steering Committee including Ahold Delhaize, APG, FAIRR, Marks & Spencer, McDonald’s, Tesco (chair), Unilever, UNPRI and Walmart. SoS signatories are currently developing an SoS Implementation Roadmap to support signatories with turning their SoS commitment into meaningful action aligned with their own policies and ambitions.
Investor support for the SoS is coordinated by the FAIRR Initiative and represents over $6.3 trillion in assets. Visit https://cerradostatement.fairr.org for more details.
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Contact the team to learn more on our efforts to source deforestation-free soy and cattle products or if you are interested in becoming a signatory to the SoS.
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