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19 January 2017

Since 2017, Transitions has partnered with the World Resources Institute to increase the supply chain transparency and achieve the Zero Deforestation goal.

On 18 January 2017, a group of 20 players including producers, traders, distributors and consultants such as Transitions launched a partnership with research institutes and banks to develop a new tool for monitoring and operational management of deforestation in global supply chains.
This World Resources Institute tool will be built on the basis of the Global Forest Watch Commodities platform, which assesses supply risk using high-resolution mapping of forest cover loss, real-time deforestation, forest fire warnings, and also provides accurate risk analysis of individual practices at the mill or farm level. The new functionalities brought to the platform will now allow companies or banks to download thousands of identified production mills, farms or municipalities via traceability work, and to be able to track environmental issues, but also in social terms, specific to their value chains or investment projects. As with the prices of raw materials on the stock markets, these issues can now be integrated into the core business strategy of these players and thus facilitate the prioritization of actions to combat deforestation in specific geographical areas: certification, commitment or withdrawal of certain suppliers, partnership with small producers and local communities, etc.
For Transitions, this initiative represents an opportunity to go beyond simple risk management by equipping companies with concrete levers to promote the change not only of their supply chain, but also of the territories in which they operate directly or indirectly. This will particularly be possible by reinforcing the harmonisation of complex traceability and risk data, in order to identify priority supply areas "common" to various actors on which to focus efforts to collaborate in the search for solutions. This is a necessary and important step to facilitate the alignment of stakeholders with the requirements and methodologies for verification and reporting of responsible procurement commitments and zero deforestation.
As partners of the tool, the Transitions teams committed themselves over the year 2017 to contribute to the technical development of the tool in a pilot testing phase. Other partners include the following organizations: Conservation International, Rainforest Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation, Envol Vert, Bunge, Cargill, Carrefour, Daemeter, GIZ, IOI, Mars, Mondelēz International, Proforest, Walmart, IDH, Dutch Development Bank, etc.

To read the press release: http://www.wri.org/news/2017/01/release-partnership-launches-increase-transparency-and-traceability-across-supply

Global Forest Watch Commodities website announcing the launch of the initiative, in partnership with 20 partners, including Transitions.


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