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Wood Products Maker Fights Deforestation with 50% of Profits

Wood Products Maker Fights Deforestation with 50% of Profits

A manufacturer of custom wood products that was started in 2012 says it is on pace to hit $10 million in revenue for 2018. How? In part, by investing more than 50% of profits on efforts that will help to ensure the future supply of the materials it needs for its products.

Report Points Finger at US Timber Distributors for Illegal Deforestation in PNG

Report Points Finger at US Timber Distributors for Illegal Deforestation in PNG

The global timber trade is driving deforestation in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and abuses are being seen in the supply chains of companies you might not expect, including Home Depot, according to a new report from Global Witness. Home Depot’s supplier, Home Legend, has halted sales of exotic wood flooring linked to often … Read more »

Apple’s Forests Now Sustainable Enough to Cover the Paper Used in All Packaging

Apple’s Forests Now Sustainable Enough to Cover the Paper Used in All Packaging

(Pictured: Apple Park in Cupertino, CA*) Apple says that 320,000 acres of working forest in China have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and that the company is now protecting and creating enough sustainable working forest to cover the paper use in its packaging for all products. Apple’s forestry … Read more »

Mickey Ds, L’Oreal Combine Purchasing Power to Nix Supply Chain Risk from Deforestation

Mickey Ds, L’Oreal Combine Purchasing Power to Nix Supply Chain Risk from Deforestation

Eight major corporations including McDonald’s and L’Oreal have joined the newly-expanded supply chain platform of CDP – the non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests – to request information from their key suppliers on how they are managing the risks … Read more »

McDonald’s Commits to End Deforestation Across Supply Chain

McDonald’s yesterday announced a global commitment on deforestation across the company’s global supply chain. The company says the commitment builds upon McDonald’s Global Sustainability Framework. The pledge encompasses all of the company’s products and focuses on beef, fiber-based packaging, coffee, palm oil, and poultry — for which the company will … Read more »

Report: 30% of Indonesian Wood from Illegal Sources

Report: 30% of Indonesian Wood from Illegal Sources

More than 30 percent of wood used by Indonesia’s industrial forest sector, which provides the US, Europe and beyond with paper products, stems from the unreported clear-cutting of natural forests and other illegal sources, according to a study. The report, by the Anti Forest-Mafia Coalition and Forest Trends, also finds … Read more »

‘Forest 500’ Ranks Firms’ Deforestation Policies

‘Forest 500’ Ranks Firms’ Deforestation Policies

Only six major companies — Danone, Kao Corp., Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser Group, Unilever and HSBC — and one investor, banking and financial services giant HSBC, have comprehensive policies in place to protect tropical forests, according to Global Canopy Programme. The tropical forest think tank today launched its … Read more »

Palm Oil Giant Lists Suppliers Online

Palm Oil Giant Lists Suppliers Online

Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader, has become the first industry player to offer transparency of its palm-oil supply chain on-line. The company expects this move to help it achieve its goal of excluding deforestation and exploitation from its operations. Jeremy Goon, Wilmar’s chief sustainability officer, said the … Read more »

Mars Unveils Deforestation Policies for Beef, Soy, Paper & Pulp Supply Chains

Mars has launched three new policies aimed at reducing deforestation in its beef, soy, paper and pulp supply chains. These policies outline clear targets that focus on the raw materials offering the biggest opportunity to reduce the impact that Mars has on sensitive forest lands. In line with its existing … Read more »

IKEA

Ikea Pledges 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

Ikea is the latest company to commit to using only sustainably sourced palm oil. The company isn’t a major palm oil user but says palm oil can be found in the manufacturing of a small number of Ikea products, mainly in candles and as a food ingredient, and is also … Read more »

The Business Case for Ending Deforestation

The Business Case for Ending Deforestation

About 90 percent of companies see opportunities in shifting to sustainably sourcing key forest-risk commodities, according to a CDP report that makes the business case for ridding supply chains of deforestation. The major driver of global deforestation comes from the demand for four critical agricultural commodities — cattle products, palm … Read more »