CI and Nestlé S.A. have teamed up to create the Deforestation Guides for Commodity Sourcing
(or, Guides). The Guides were developed to allow Nestlé and other consumer based companies to have greater information where deforestation may be occurring. Additionally, they are intended to help provide much needed information to the 400+ member companies of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)
who have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation from global supply chains by 2020.
In 2012, Nestlé began working with CI to analyze top commodity producing countries most affected by deforestation. From there, CI performed an extensive review of existing research and data to begin strengthening the link with agricultural sourcing and deforestation. The result is the Guides, which include a 32 country in-depth analysis at the sub-regional level that provides Nestlé with significant data to help prioritize its sustainable sourcing commitments. Additionally, CI performed some initial research linking regional deforestation to agricultural sourcing in each country based on its own research and data collection.
While the release of the Guides is the most accessible and user-friendly to date, much more information — and action — is needed to solve the growing problem of deforestation within agricultural sourcing. Building on the analysis, additional steps that need to be taken by members of the CGF in order to reach their goal of zero-net deforestation by 2020 are the following:
- Produce better data to more fully capture the link between local political and socio-economic contexts and drivers of deforestation from agriculture.
- Share knowledge and best practices and build capacity within the sector, and among NGO partners, governments and other entities engaged in the deforestation and land use dialogues.
- Create a robust stakeholder engagement and community development process for addressing key agricultural drivers in specific areas of sourcing for key commodities (palm oil, soya, sugarcane, coffee, cocoa, beef, dairy, pulp & paper).
CI is encouraged by their collective action thus far and looks forward to the promising results that can come from such powerful forces in business making decisions that benefit threatened forests and the broader climate challenge.