Financial Institution Guidance: Soft Commodity Company Strategy

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This document lays out the scientific and business case for how and why companies should address the risks and opportunities associated with deforestation driven by the production of soft commodities including palm oil, timber products, cattle products, and soy. It is intended that these expectations will inform and assist the engagement of financial institutions with companies around deforestation-related impacts. The expectations are aimed at the boards of companies involved in soft commodity supply chains and are a starting point for engagement between financial institutions and companies around these issues. The expectations are relevant for all companies involved in soft commodity supply chains, acknowledging that there are some sectors where risks and opportunities are more salient, and subsequent expectations are critical.