While we are all complicit in global tropical deforestation through the everyday products we buy, there are 500 key governments, companies and investors who together have the power to put a halt to the destructive practice. So far, however, they have largely failed to do so.
This is the conclusion of a major study by think tank Global Canopy Programme (GCP), which says only 7 of the 400 companies and investors it studied (and none of the 100 governments ranked) gained maximum points in its zero deforestation index.
Even worse was the record of 150 key investors, none of which have a commitment to zero deforestation for “forest risk” commodities such as soya, palm oil, beef, leather, timber, pulp and paper, which are found in more than half of supermarket packaged products.
While Latin American countries ranked highest on average, China, which is responsible for importing more than a fifth of the value of all forest risk commodities, and India, a key importer of palm oil, achieved low scores.
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