The agreement also provides for the implementation of a consumer awareness strategy and the development of a virgin forest label for the beef and milk sectors. In addition, countless retailers and manufacturers have individually strengthened to make zero deforestation commitments, including leading global brands such as Mars,31 Colgate Palmolive,32 Walmart,33 Nestle, 34 Tesco,35 and more. There are now more than 580 supply chain commitments without deforestation in the “big four” raw materials (palm oil, pulp, cattle and soybeans). Commitments to the production of zero deforestation help support positive, solution-oriented improvements in all raw material production chains. Implementation of these commitments will accelerate processing on the ground and contribute to continued production of beef, leather and tallow in the Brazilian Amazon without endangering tropical forests. Large-scale deforestation and the development of agriculture in the Amazon in Brazil may be a “non-win” scenario for the region, as climate reactions are likely to reduce the amount and frequency of precipitation6 (2) increase average temperatures and extremes of heat ,7 and (3) increasing the duration of droughts and the severity of droughts.8 Climate feedback related to the continued destruction of forests could reduce pasture productivity in the Brazilian Amazon by 33% by 20509, which could have a significant impact on food security and the supply of raw materials, because large productivity losses can lead to market shocks and increase price volatility for cattle products. Due to the relative lack of controls on the production of hides/leathers, it is likely that these secret skins will arrive in legitimate markets, both in Brazil and in leather-producing countries such as Italy and China. As their origin is not documented, this means that handbags, shoes, cushions or other leather items may have been made on recently deforested surfaces or with slaves. The Leather Working Group (LWG), a multi-party group whose members are some of the world`s leading footwear and fashion brands, has developed an environmental audit protocol. This protocol requires the traceability of the slaughterhouse (which avoids the purchase of hides from illegal slaughter) and animal skins originating in the Brazilian Amazon should be able to be traced back to a ranch without deforestation after 2009 (according to the G4-zero cattle deforestation agreement described in Chapter 3).
Responsible supplies and commitments to control the production of zero deforestation enable supply chain players to support forest-friendly ranching practices, both in Brazil and internationally, and to preserve ecologically sensitive areas such as the Amazon. Would you like to learn more about solidaridad`s efforts to reduce deforestation in the Colombian palm oil sector? Contact us! Since 2016, GGGI has played a leading role in supporting the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), in this process stemming from the commitments made in the Memorandum of Understanding (DCI) and, together with the palm oil, cocoa and forestry chains, conclude five agreements with agricultural chains established in Colombia. For real-time news, data and analytics that list the company`s zero-deforestation commitments, please visit Supply-Change, a web platform developed by Forest Trends. Supply-chain initiatives support effective solutions for beef, leather and tallow production in the Brazilian Amazon region.