Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Food giants join consumer goods coalition battling deforestation

Danone, General Mills, Mars, Nestlé and PepsiCo are among the major food companies joining forces under a new consumer goods coalition to reduce deforestation.

Launched by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) as part of Climate Week 2020, the Forest Positive Coalition of Action brings together seventeen global consumer goods brands, retailers and manufacturers.

They will work together and use their collective voice to accelerate systemic efforts to remove deforestation, forest degradation and conversion from the key commodity supply chains of palm oil, soy, and paper, pulp and fibre-based packaging, and drive transformative change across the industry.

The Coalition, led by the respective company CEOs and co-sponsored at the CGF Board level by Carrefour and Mars, Incorporated, brings the world’s largest consumer goods brands together with a collective market value of $1.8 trillion.

Its ambition is to utilise its collective reach and knowledge, global networks and resources, to engage and collaborate with producers, suppliers and traders, as well as governments and civil society, to advocate for forest positive solutions.

The Forest Positive Coalition of Action has committed to act in the following key areas:

  • Engage with suppliers and traders to ask they implement Forest Positive actions across their entire commodity operations;
  • Join forces to address forest conservation challenges in key production landscapes;
  • Encourage governments and stakeholders to create an enabling environment for forest conservation;
  • Ensure transparency and accountability by regularly reporting on progress.

As part of their commitments, members of the Coalition will work constructively with governments – both in producer nations and importing nations – to encourage them to put in place practical measures to support a forest positive future.

The Coalition will advocate and support practises to change behaviours and processes at a macro-level to support global forests and not one specific area.

“In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, we must ensure that efforts to protect forests are part of the global response,” said Grant Reid, President & CEO, Mars, Incorporated and CGF Board Co-Sponsor of the Forest Positive Coalition.

“This response requires all actors with an interest in ending deforestation and who are committed to being part of the solution to come together.”

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