Tropical deforestation is one of the most pressing issues of our time.
Tropical forests are vital for humanity. They regulate our climate; provide a home for millions of Earth’s species; and help maintain our water and food security. Yet we are destroying them at an alarming rate. This drives climate change and biodiversity loss, undermines water cycles, and directly impacts over a billion of the world’s poorest people who rely on forests for their livelihoods.
So why are we doing this? The answer is global consumption. More than two thirds of this destruction is carried out to produce ‘forest risk’ commodities like soy, beef, palm oil, pulp and paper. These are then traded along complex global supply chains and end up in 50% of the products in our supermarkets. Deforestation is hidden in our chocolate and toothpaste, our packaging and buildings, even in our investments and pensions.
All our work focuses on the production, trade and financing of commodities such as soy, beef and palm oil that are responsible for two thirds of deforestation worldwide.
Our Supply Chains programme works with businesses, governments and financial institutions highlighting how their activities can influence deforestation.
Our Finance Sector programme works closely with financial institutions to help them understand and act on their dependencies on natural capital.
Our Financing Sustainable Landscapes programme works closely with local farmers, NGOs and governments in forest regions to protect forests, boost agricultural productivity and support local livelihoods.