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Supporting the Cerrado Manifesto

In September 2017, over 60 Brazilian and international NGOs, foundations and scientific institutes published the ‘Cerrado Manifesto’. It called forimmediate 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 Signatories

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.

Download the Statement of Support for the Cerrado Manifesto

Current Signatories

  • 2 Sisters Food Group
  • Adrian Dominican Sisters, Portfolio Advisory Board
  • Aegon Asset Management
  • Ahold Delhaize NV Ajinomoto Co Inc
  • Aldi NL *
  • Alliance pour la préservation des Forêts +
  • Allianz Global Investors
  • APG Asset Management
  • Arla Foods
  • Auchan Retail
  • Australian Ethical Investment Ltd
  • Avara Foods
  • Aviva Investors
  • Barry Callebaut
  • Bel Group (Fromageries Bel SA)
  • Bidfood NL *
  • BioMar
  • BNP Paribas Asset Management
  • Boni Markten *
  • Boon Sliedrecht *
  • Boston Trust/Walden Asset Management
  • Caja Ingenieros Gestión SGIIC, SAU
  • Carrefour
  • Casino Group
  • Castlefield Investment Partners
  • Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelenhandel (CBL) +
  • Cerelia **
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
  • Congregation of St. Joseph
  • Consumer Goods Forum +
  • Co-operative Group Ltd
  • Coop Switzerland
  • Coop Supermarkten NL *
  • Cooperl
  • Danone
  • Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise
  • Deen Supermarkten NL *
  • Detailresult *
  • De Kweker *
  • Dignity Health
  • Domini Impact Investments LLC
  • Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids (MI)
  • EdenTree Investment Management Ltd
  • EMTE Supermarkten *
  • Environment Agency Pension Funds
  • Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd
  • Ferrero **
  • Fidante Partners Europe Ltd
  • First Affirmative Financial Network
  • GES International
  • Givaudan **
  • Green Century Capital Management, Inc.
  • Groothandel in Levensmiddelen Van Tol *
  • GPA
  • Grupo Bimbo
  • Grupo Exito
  • Handelsbanken Asset Management
  • Hilton Food Group
  • Hoogvliet Supermarkten *
  • ICA Gruppen AB
  • Inter IKEA Group
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
  • J Sainsburys Plc
  • Jan Linders *
  • Jumbo Supermarkten *
  • JLens Investor Network
  • Kellogg Company
  • Länsförsäkringar AB
  • L’Oréal SA
  • Labeyrie Fine Foods
  • Legal & General Investment Management
  • Lekkerland *
  • Lidl UK GmbH
  • Lidl Nederland *
  • Makro Nederland *
  • Marks & Spencer Group Plc
  • Mars, Incorporated
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Mercy Investment Services, Inc.
  • Migros
  • Miller/Howard Investments, Inc.
  • Mirova
  • Mondelēz International
  • Moy Park
  • Nando’s Chickenland Ltd
  • Nestlé S.A.
  • Nettorama *
  • NGS Super Fund
  • NorgesGruppen ASA
  • Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment
  • NN Investment Partners
  • NS Stations Retailbedrijf *
  • Nutreco NV
  • Öhman
  • Pax World Management LLC
  • Plus Retail *
  • Poiesz Supermarkten *
  • Priests of the Sacred Heart, US Province
  • Princes Ltd
  • REWE Group
  • Robeco Asset Management
  • Royale Lacroix **
  • SeaChill
  • Seventh Generation Interfaith Inc
  • Sisters of the Presentation of Aberdeen SD
  • Sisters of St. Dominic/Racine Dominicans
  • Sligro *
  • Spar NL *
  • Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP
  • Strathclyde Pension Fund
  • Sustainable Investment Management
  • Tesco Stores Plc
  • The Capuchin Franciscan Province of Saint Joseph
  • The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation
  • Trillium Asset Management
  • Tulip Ltd
  • Unilever
  • UN PRI +
  • Vakcentrum *
  • Vandemoortele **
  • Vomar Voordeelmarkt *
  • Waitrose Ltd
  • Walmart Stores Inc
  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc.
  • Zevin Asset Management

* CBL member
** Alliance pour la préservation des Forêts + member
+ supporter signatory

Want to Learn More?

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.


Julian Walker-Palin
Managing Director, ETANTE
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