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Ford Roundtable: Protecting Forests Benefit Climate, Bottom Line

forestThe Ford Foundation, together with the Climate and Land Use Alliance, will host a meeting among major corporate, indigenous and government leaders for a conversation about what it will take to slow deforestation, reduce conflict over forests and stem global climate change.

The meeting will take place on Sept. 22, the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit, and will include Unilever CEO Paul Polman, policy makers from Indonesia and Brazil, and other leaders.

For Fortune 500 companies worldwide, green policies and sustainable practices are both a matter of social responsibility and a core issue for the bottom line, Ford says.

Dozens of firms in diverse sectors have pledged to source their products without cutting down forests. Since Wilmar made its sustainability commitment in December 2013, Hershey, Cargill, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson Kellogg’s, Mondelez International, Danone, Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills and Mars have all followed suit.

Saving the world’s forests is expected to be central to discussions among world leaders at the UN Climate Summit. The Ford event will preview those discussions, provide insights into global action on forests, and highlight successes and obstacles faced by leaders who are forging new solutions.

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