Corporate Performance

Improving company sustainability and ESG metrics

A growing number of companies and financial institutions are seeking to mitigate their impacts on nature. But many have made commitments that are not being met, and others are failing to take any action at all. Through our Corporate Performance work we assess the policies and performance of influential companies and financial institutions. This data is used by investors, policy makers and other stakeholders.

Forest 500

Forest 500 ranks the most influential companies and financial institutions in forest-risk supply chains. We have developed an extensive and unique dataset on the policies and actions on deforestation of the companies and financial institutions with the greatest exposure to the problem. We track their progress and each year produce a comprehensive assessment, based on some 180,000 data points, gathered and analysed by our team in over 20 languages. Our most recent assessment found that almost half of the key companies and financial institutions did not have any commitments to prevent deforestation.

Forest 500 data is used by organisations around the world to track their progress on deforestation, and is used by some of the best performers themselves as a mark of their leadership. The finance sector uses Forest 500 to screen new clients and guide existing client engagement.

Have queries about our work on Forest 500? Get in touch with Sarah Rogerson, Forest 500 Lead.

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Aligned Accountability

We are a supporting partner of the Accountability Framework Initiative and are part of the group which developed the Common Methodology for assessing company performance on deforestation. Our assessments of company performance, including those in Forest 500, are aligned with the Common Methodology and therefore the Accountability Framework’s guidance.

Our Aligned Accountability project takes data on corporate performance on deforestation from a variety of sources including our research on over 1200 companies and connects them in a common data structure. Critically it also makes this data useful to the finance sector to be used in financing, investment and engagement decisions.

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