In 2018, the world lost an area of primary rainforest the size of Belgium. The latest figures from Global Forest Watch show that, despite a fall from the record levels reached in 2016, the rate of deforestation remains significantly higher than it was a decade ago.
This isn’t the story we were meant to be telling. Over the past decade, hundreds of companies have made high-profile commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains by 2020. Governments pledged to halt deforestation and reverse land degradation under the Aichi Targets, New York Declaration on Forests and Sustainable Development Goals.
Yet deforestation and habitat conversion driven by commodities including beef, palm oil, soy and cocoa continues unabated.