FINANCE’S ROLE IN DEFORESTATION

Forests & Finance assesses the finance received by over 300 companies directly involved in the beef, soy, palm oil, pulp and paper, rubber and timber supply chains, whose operations may impact natural tropical forests and the communities that rely on them in Southeast Asia, Central and West Africa, and parts of South America. A beta dataset also assesses the finance received by 22 mining companies operating in the same regions.

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Identifying trends

Explore how much money flows into different forest-risk commodity sectors across tropical forest areas during specific timeframes.

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Revealing transaction Data

Dig deeper into our database of banks, investors, and deforestation-risk companies, with up to 10 search criteria options.

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Assessing policies and exposure

See how banks and investors measure up on environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and their exposure to forest-risks

LATEST INSIGHTS & ANALYSIS

Some European financial institutions such as Triodos, and Storebrand have signed an open letter calling for a proposed EU deforestation law to cover the financial sector.

But many others remain silent on the topic.
Where are they now that it matters?

https://t.co/vKLhYbGKnZ

Expert View: EU corporate sustainability due diligence rules should fully apply to the financial sector

read Profundo’s article here:
https://t.co/jPz1tHC0IX

Reflorestar é importante, mas só faz sentido investir em restauração quem tem certeza que não desmata, senão é enxugar gelo.
@Santander @Itaú e @Rabobank ainda não têm uma política de desmatamento zero.

https://t.co/5z3PGeuJOt

The GFANZ alliance saw 100s of financial institutions pledge to reach #NetZero
 
But a year on we’ve found that its members are still investing $8.5bn in companies at risk of causing #deforestation

Finance will never regulate itself. Governments must act. https://t.co/rM45xUesJx

Investigação aponta que a Paper Excellence, que comprou a empresa de celulose Eldorado do MS, usa empresas de fachada para esconder ligações com a APP/Sinar Mas, empresa indonésia acusada de desmatamento, conflitos com comunidades e incêndios catastróficos
https://t.co/XtHWqrB9s8

The roadmap for the agriculture sector just launched at #COP27. At last year’s COP we saw the world’s biggest agricultural commodity traders make some ambitious promises to protect forests. But this roadmap fails to deliver on those promises. (thread) 🧵
https://t.co/iSAjZAxABi

This November, the G20 meeting will take place in Bali, Indonesia. @TuK_Indonesia demands a commitment 20 member countries to implement a sustainable finance sector.

https://t.co/AW2jatQLnu

Good news from #COP27: The High Level Expert Group on Net-Zero Emissions released its report on #NetZero standards for companies & financial institutions. The #HLEG encourages reducing absolute emissions and lays out red lines against greenwashing! 🎉 https://t.co/o6vLVnaQXG

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Beta Data Set

Explore The Role that Mining Finance Plays In Deforestation

Forests & Finance has launched a new dataset (in beta version), which assesses the finance received by mining companies whose operations may impact natural tropical forests and the communities that rely on them in Southeast Asia, Central and West Africa, and parts of South America.

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How The Data Was
Obtained and Processed

  • Scope of the data

    This project assesses the financial services received by over 300 companies directly involved in the beef, soy, palm oil, pulp and paper, rubber, and tropical timber (“forest-risk sector”) supply chains, whose operations impact natural tropical forests in Southeast Asia, Central, and West Africa, and parts of South America.

  • Source of the data

    The financial data was retrieved from: financial databases (Bloomberg, Refinitiv, Thomson EMAXX, TradeFinanceAnalytics, and IJGlobal); company reports (annual, interim, quarterly) and other company publications; company register filings; as well as media and analyst reports. These were used to identify corporate loans and underwriting facilities provided to the selected companies for the period 2013-2022 (September), and bondholding and shareholding data for September 2022.

  • Adjustment of the data

    Companies with business activities outside of the forest-risk sector had recorded amounts reduced to more accurately present the proportion of financing that can be reasonably attributed to the forest-risk sector operations of the selected company, in the selected regions and countries (see Adjusters).

For more information, please see the methodology section.

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Featured Story Using Our Data

New:
Briefer on the TNFD

All you always wanted to know about the
Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), including:

– What is the TNFD?

– What does it try to do?

– What are the major shortcomings of the TNFD?

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A Coalition Seeking Change

We seek to improve financial sector transparency, policies, systems, and regulations to prevent financial institutions from facilitating systemic adverse Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)  impacts that are all too common in the operations of many forest-risk commodity sector companies.

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