Our key takeaway: Primary forest is being lost at an alarming rate with almost 90% of forest loss attributable to the expansion of the agricultural sector. Agricultural supply chains are typically opaque and highly complex, spanning different jurisdictions and involving informal or ‘hidden’ work and smallholder farmers. This means that transparency and traceability tools are important to determine where deforestation is occurring in the value chain so that we can work towards stopping this practice. Despite piloting projects to halt forest loss in their supply chains, a significant number of companies are failing to commit to halt deforestation and even fewer are implementing these commitments in practice. The World Resources Institute issues a call to action: sector-wide collaboration and transformation is absolutely imperative to halt forest loss. The private sector can take actions now to leverage and strengthen existing transparency and traceability tools and should not let data gaps hinder progress.
World Resources Institute published Traceability and transparency in supply chains for agricultural and forest commodities (October 2023):