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Blogs

Below is a selection of blogs published by SCTN members, which address our key topics, or provide news and updates about the SCTN itself (linked to external sites).  We welcome contributions from all network members. - please get in touch

 

The Soy Toolkit: five steps to sustainable soy

Pedro Amaral, Proforest

 

Soy is a versatile crop — we eat it in salad dressings, cakes, cookies, and pies. It feeds our poultry, cattle and pets. It is used to create biofuels, plywood, candles, crayons, and foam. But there is concern that in some of the places where it is cultivated there exist many social and environmental impacts — including deforestation, labour rights abuses and the destruction of unique landscapes.

 

Soy traders in Cerrado under fire for illegal activities

Andre Vasconcelos and Helen Burley, Global Canopy

 

The Brazilian authorities have sent a warning shot across the bows of the big soy traders, imposing fines on five companies for activities linked to illegal deforestation in the Cerrado — recognised as the world’s most biodiverse savanna.

Bunge, Cargill, ABC Indústria e Comércio SA, JJ Samar Agronegócios Eireli, and Uniggel Proteção de Plantas Ltda were fined as part of the Brazilian Environmental Agency’s (IBAMA) Operation “Soy Sauce” in the Matopiba region.

 

Three pitfalls on the way to traceable supply chains

Sarah Lake, Global Canopy

 

Traceability is becoming more and more possible in global supply chains, thanks in large part to advances in technology and data management. But do companies need to trace every drop of palm oil back to the tree? And even if they do it, how can they ensure it leads to more sustainable land use?

 
 
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Moment of Truth: Time for Brands to Come Clean About Their Links to Forest Destruction for Palm Oil

Diana Ruiz, Greenpeace

 

A new Greenpeace report outlines the immediate need for action in halting global deforestation and restoring extensive areas of natural forest. Reversing the destruction of the world’s forests for agriculture is the cheapest, quickest and most equitable option to stabilize the climate and buy time for a just transition to a low-carbon economy.

 

Weak by design: company commitments fall short on deforestation

Sarah Lake, Global Canopy

 

More companies than ever have committed to address deforestation in their supply chains as seen in high profile statements such as the New York Declaration on Forests (pdf). Yet the global deforestation rate, and deforestation linked to agricultural production continues to rise. Why have these commitments not translated to improved protection of forests?

 
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Joining the dots through the Supply Chain Transparency Network

Sarah Lake, Global Canopy

 

The world in the 21st century is a complicated, interconnected place. The food on our supermarket shelves contains ingredients produced around the world — and the supply chains that deliver those ingredients can be complex and difficult to unravel.

That means that the impacts of producing soy in Latin America, or palm oil in Indonesia, tend to be hidden from view. Was the palm oil in my chocolate bar sourced sustainably, or was forest cleared to make way for the plantation, with local villagers driven off their land?

 
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Forests: they key to a stable climate and strong economy

Morgan Gillespy, CDP

Protecting forests has become a pre-requisite for a stable climate and a stable economy. As we launch our 2017 forests report, the case for action has never been clearer.

Acting as the ‘lungs of the planet’, the world’s forests provide essential ecosystem services, ensure the livelihoods of billions of people and form the foundation of countless supply chains. They are central to the global economy.

 

Putting Supply Chains on the Climate Agenda

Helen Burley, Global Canopy

 

Supply chains don’t feature heavily on the agenda at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change talks taking place in Bonn (COP23). But if the global community is going to achieve the ambition set in the Paris Agreement, the deforestation risks around the trade in agricultural commodities from tropical forest zones must be addressed.

 

For Companies Aiming for Deforestation-Free Supply Chains, 8 Traps to Avoid

Rod Taylor, World Resources Institute

 

Big brands, retailers and agribusiness companies the world over have promised to make their supply chains deforestation-free. But will these voluntary commitments save forests and help people living in them? 

 

Corporate commitments: Necessary but not sufficient to end tropical deforestation

Frances Seymour, Center for Global Development

 

Over the last few years, an increasing number of companies that produce, trade, or buy “forest risk” commodities have pledged to get deforestation out of their supply chains. Now, the focus of advocacy groups has rightly shifted to monitoring the implementation of those commitments.