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Progress on Corporate Commitments and their Implementation

The State of the Supply Chain Movement: Progress on Corporate Commitments and Impact at the Forest Frontier

Since the 2010 Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation Resolution, more than 473 companies have made commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. With 70% of deforestation linked to the production of agricultural commodities, these pledges hold the promise of making a major contribution to the end of tropical deforestation.  This raises two questions: what is the current state of these supply chain efforts, and are they having an impact on land-use choices at the forest frontier?

TFA 2020 commissioned research aiming to answer these questions, and in June 2018 published the findings in two reports: Progress on Corporate Commitments and their Implementation and Impacts of Supply Chain Commitments on the Forest Frontier.

Progress on Corporate Commitments and their Implementation suggests that while the rate of new commitments has decreased, existing commitments send a strong market signal. Over half of the most influential global companies with exposure to forest-risk commodities have a forest-related commitment. The quality of commitments, however, varies by sector. The private sector faces challenges in the implementation of these commitments, in particular upstream in commodity supply chains.


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