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Achieving sustainable timber supply chains: What is the role of certification in sourcing from tropical forest countries?

23 Nov 2017

Commercial agriculture and the increased trade in agricultural commodities, including timber and pulp and paper, have led to the large-scale clearing of tropical forests. Private companies have become increasingly involved in efforts to tackle deforestation, with many committing to source sustainable forest products. Within these commitments, forest certification schemes are a key tool for companies to meet their sourcing goals.

Using data from the Forest 500, this briefing examines the prevalence of certification in company sustainability commitments and assesses the ability of certification-based commitments to protect remaining tropical forests. The briefing also explores options in addition to certification and provides recommendations on how company policies and certification schemes can be improved to ensure the long-term protection of tropical forests.