Our unique insights and data give companies greater confidence in the decisions they make. We work directly with individual companies and in coalitions, enabling them to identify the hotspots in their supply chains where action and engagement can have the greatest impact. We provide data that allows companies to compare their policies against those of their peers and competitors, and to judge their suppliers on their commitments. We also support companies across a wide range of sectors to develop their own policies, and are advocating for standardised criteria across industries.

Identifying risk hotspots in supply chains

Our Trase platform covers 60% of the global trade in forest-risk commodities, including Brazilian beef and soy and Indonesian palm oil. We work with individual companies to connect Trase data with their own supply chain data, enabling them to understand how they are connected to sub-national regions of production. This allows companies to identify particular areas of deforestation-risk where they can most effectively focus their efforts. We also regularly work with coalitions of companies to improve understanding of sector-wide risks and opportunities for collective action – including through the Soy Buyers’ Coalition, the Consumer Goods Forum, the Swedish Soy Dialogue, the Responsible Luxury Initiative, the Food Foundation and the UK’s Global Resource Initiative.

Assessing and ranking corporate performance on nature

Our Forest 500 initiative aims to improve sustainability metrics for the global companies most linked to impacts on nature and people, improving and moving beyond self-disclosure to more objectively assess performance. Since it launched in 2014, we have gathered over a million data points on companies’ performance. And we are continuing to scale up the volume of companies for which there is credible data, in line with the requirements of the finance sector and other key targets. Our annual public ranking of the 500 companies with the greatest exposure to deforestation brings transparency to corporate performance – highlighting both those companies that are performing well, as well as those that need to do more.

Developing and benchmarking deforestation policies

The Forest 500 has established itself as the leading index for the most influential companies in soft commodities to benchmark their deforestation policies against those of their peers and competitors, and to standardise their approaches. We are now working to create a central ‘aligned accountability’ database on corporate performance which will, among other applications, help to improve mainstream ESG metrics, and help move capital away from high-risk investments.

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