South Pole helps you to achieve your commitments towards a deforestation free supply chain, while creating value for your organisation, your stakeholders and the environment.
Your supply chain can operate as effectively, efficiently and as profitably and reduce its impact on our world's woodlands at the same time. We know this for a fact because we make it happen for a fact, all over the world. Often, clients see actual improvement in both supply chain efficiency and their bottom line.
Your brand and all those who have a stake in it will welcome initiatives improving efficiencies and the environment simultaneously. South Pole's custom designed deforestation-free services cover:
Understanding your supply chain deforestation footprint
Identifying risks and devise a zero deforestation strategy
Acting for a deforestation free supply chain
Focusing activities around your business' target goals
Whether your organisation is heavily dependent on 'the woods' to make it run or if paper and pencils are the extent of your use, action to protect forests matters. The forests and woodlands, besides providing resources from which profits are made, are the greatest carbon filters on Earth. The cutting down of trees accounts for up to 20% of global carbon emissions.
A risk to business and the environment
The cost of doing business can only go go nowhere but up if action isn't taken to protect our forests and woodlands. Over 70% of the world's deforestation is at the hands of commercial agriculture. Nearly half (49%) of due to illegal commercial agriculture and (24%) the direct result of illegal conversion for export markets.
Joining the fight is good business
Your company is in good company by participating in proven deforestation prevention measures:
240 financial institutions, controlling assets of US$15 trillion were signatories to CDP's "forest disclosure" (2014)
413 members of the Consumer Goods Forum such as WalMart and Nestlé have pledged to achieve deforestation free supply chains between 2020 and 2030.
A driving force behind this sudden committed to the world's woodlands is fueled in part by new strategies demonstrating just how much business sense it makes. South Pole's solutions are always business savvy and community friendly. Helping to increase the long term sustainability of your supply chains and reducing its impact on resources are the two dots we connect with every mission. Here's how we've gone about developing and certifying over 300 projects around the world:
Understand your current impact on forests
Assess deforestation risks
Improve your sourcing policies
Monitor the impact of your supply chain
Prioritise, design, monitor and certify direct interventions to fight deforestation
12-15 M hectares of forest are lost each year, the
equivalent of 36 football fields per minute, or the total area of Costa Rica (approx. 51.000 km2 - the total area of Switzerland is just over 41.000 km2)
Agriculture is the largest single cause of deforestation and severe forest degradation
Global palm oil production is expected to nearly double by 2020
In the 20th century Brazil lost more forest each year than any other country
Deforestation accounts for up to
20 % of carbon emissions globally, making it one of the main drivers of climate change
Forests store some 289 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon in trees and vegetation, acting as a giant carbon sink
The carbon stored in forest biomass, deadwood, litter and soil together is more than all the carbon in the atmosphere.
Consumer goods companies like
Nestlé (turnover 100bn+) and Walmart (turnover 470bm+) amongst others have committed to zero net deforestation in their supply chains by 2020