As more than 100 governments pledge to end deforestation by 2030 ahead of the 26th annual United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) welcomes this commitment and, in alignment with the work of its Forest Positive Coalition of Action, offers its support to world leaders to make this commitment a reality.
Didier Bergeret, CGF Director of Sustainability and the Forest Positive Coalition, said, “The commitment of over 100 world leaders to pledge an end to deforestation by 2030 is welcomed by The Consumer Goods Forum. Our members, including the CEOs and sustainability experts of the world’s leading consumer goods brands, are on the frontline of this vitally important issue. Through our Forest Positive Coalition, we are acutely aware of the challenges and opportunities – and recognise how crucial it is to collaborate with leaders, governments, communities, NGOs and sector leaders to translate ambitious targets to meaningful and measurable change.
The commitments made at COP26 must now expand and expedite the difficult and complex work, including many already live projects, at the country and community level. And further, addressing deforestation must be carried out in a holistic way that protects not just natural habitats and biodiversity, but also smallholders and indigenous peoples. Forest positive needs to be people positive as well.”
The Forest Positive Coalition will also be represented in Glasgow on 6th November at the FACT Dialogue’s “Nature Day” Panel, by Coalition members PepsiCo, co-lead of the Coalition’s production landscape engagement strategy, and Sainsbury’s. A livestream for the event, which begins at 9:00 am GMT, will be available here.
To learn more about the Forest Positive Coalition and the work of its 20 member companies to remove deforestation, forest conversion and degradation from key commodity supply chains, visit its website.