In July 2021, The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Sustainability Director, Didier Bergeret, published an editorial in Business Green about the importance of businesses’ involvement in landscape-level initiatives as part of the global strategy to fight deforestation. The article, entitled “Businesses must engage in landscapes initiatives if we are to tackle deforestation,” explains the business case for organisations to invest in initiatives that help secure good social and environmental outcomes in areas where key commodities are produced. 

“Working on this landscape-wide scale enables businesses to balance both the environmental and social concerns of forest conversion,” Didier writes. “It also helps businesses to make progress towards becoming forest positive organisations by understanding local requirements and pressures on the ground. These local considerations often go beyond environmental impact; deforestation brings to the fore problems within communities, such as land rights and ownership conflicts, maintaining natural ecosystems, supporting smallholder production, and protecting human rights. Landscape initiatives can help to address these problems in a collective, holistic way.”

Landscape engagement is a key element of the CGF’s Forest Positive Coalition’s Theory of Change, and in 2021 the Coalition collectively invested in the Siak Pelalawan Landscape Program in Indonesia. Learn more about the program and why the Coalition is prioritising landscape engagement in a new video from BBC Storyworks:

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