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

Ever heard of the TNFD?
@gfc123 blog highlights five key questions about the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) and explains why you should be concerned.

https://t.co/UdE0AHS57b

We call on @LassoGuillermo @DEFENSORIAEC to guarantee the safety of rights defenders in Ecuador to investigate death threats made against @afrontlines @lmespinosav for her work in support of Indigenous peoples! Join me by signing https://t.co/CEyseoYcXr #DefendersUnderThreat

e impedir que o Brasil abandone a Convenção 169 da OIT. “Não é possível ter responsabilidade socioambiental e respeitar direitos humanos e ser contra a autodeterminação dos povos indígenas”, diz a carta da mobilização coordenada por @amazonwatch e @Forests_Finance.

After @IFC_org greenlighted a $200M loan to agribiz giant @WeAreLDCCompany for its Brazil operations, @FoE_us joined over 120 groups to demand accountability for this harmful investment & urged IFC to #StopFinancingFactoryFarming with our tax dollars! https://t.co/SE3QmsCAFW

⚠️ Relatório inédito da @reporterb aponta elo entre a destruição da Amazônia e fabricantes de máquinas agrícolas e de construção civil. Revelamos 157 ocasiões em que retroescavadeiras foram apreendidas em regiões de mineração ilegal, em áreas protegidas: https://t.co/V96DDVZ3NJ

Press Release: Civil Society Groups Today, thirteen civil society organizations are sounding the alarm about the corporate greenwashing on nature that the work of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) might facilitate.

https://t.co/VoFL3V6lWG

The US hosts a 3rd of the multinationals that finance agribusiness lobbying in Brazil.
Among them is #Cargill , which is against a soy moratorium in the Cerrado and instead is boosting soy expansion in the Amazon.

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The draft regulation by the Brazilian Banking Fed. to restrict credit for deforestation cattle, allows financing of illegal deforestation till 2025, lacks teeth, does not apply to cattle ranchers (only to slaughterhouses) and only applies to the Amazon.

https://t.co/xr94LhyWes

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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 2013-2020 (April), and bondholding and shareholding data for April 2021.

  • 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 (see Adjusters).

For more information, please see the methodology section.

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Featured Story Using Our Data

Banking Centers of Brazil, Indonesia, China, the United States and Japan Are Bankrolling Global Deforestation, New Analysis Finds

More than USD 238 billion in credit has been provided to companies driving tropical deforestation globally since the Paris Climate Agreement

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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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