“Deforestation-Free” is just one step towards greater sustainability
In 2014, the number of companies committing to ensuring there’s no deforestation in at least some part of their supply chain reached over 300. This year, more big players have piled on, including McDonald's and Archer Daniels Midland.
Halting deforestation has been identified as an important means of fighting further climate change, in addition to protecting biodiversity. But as more and more companies agree to this important goal, it’s good to keep in mind that reaching a deforestation-free goal is not the same as producing a sustainably sourced product, particularly as many deforestation-free commitments only address a single commodity, such as pulp for paper or palm oil.