Many firms and finance companies but to set deforestation coverage – report


By Simon Jessop

LONDON (Reuters) – Nearly half of the businesses most reliant on the commodities accountable for deforestation, and the monetary companies that again them, don’t have any coverage to rein it in, a report on Wednesday mentioned.

Evaluation by non-profit World Cover of 350 firms with the best publicity to palm oil, soy, beef, leather-based, timber and pulp and paper, and 150 banks and asset managers which lend to or put money into them, confirmed 201, or 40%, had no such coverage.

Its annual “Forest 500” report comes simply weeks after a worldwide deal was struck by governments to guard biodiversity, and as policymakers within the European Union and Britain plan harder guidelines to pressure firms to do extra to stamp deforestation out.

World Cover mentioned 100 of the businesses had a deforestation dedication in place for the entire commodities to which they have been uncovered, up from 99 final 12 months, but solely half have been checking to make sure the insurance policies have been being adopted.

An extra 109 had no deforestation commitments in place for any of the commodities.

World Cover outlined such a coverage as one the place the corporate states it protects precedence forests linked to commodities it makes use of or funds, or is licensed by a reputable scheme as being deforestation-free.

Whereas the variety of firms pledging to get to net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century had grown five-fold in three years to 145, the dearth of motion on deforestation was hampering their capacity to hit the goal, the report mentioned.

“It’s now universally accepted that ending tropical deforestation is pivotal to assembly important international targets on each local weather and nature,” mentioned Niki Mardas, govt director of World Cover.

“It’s exceptional that whereas an excellent lots of the firms within the Forest 500 have formidable internet zero targets, virtually all of these danger lacking them due to inaction on deforestation.”

Ninety-two of the monetary establishments most uncovered to the businesses additionally lacked such a coverage, the report mentioned, broadly unchanged from the prior 12 months.

(Reporting by Simon Jessop; Modifying by David Holmes)

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