PARIS and WASHINGTON, 21st June 2016 – The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has agreed to join Champions 12.3, a coalition of leaders from governments, businesses, farmer groups, and civil society organisations dedicated to inspire ambition, mobilise action, and accelerate progress toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 12.3 by 2030. The move follows the CGF’s 2015 resolution to halve food waste and reaffirms its commitment to help tackle food waste globally.
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WASHINGTON (June 8, 2016)— World Resources Institute finds that analyzing the forests and plantations near palm oil mills can help identify deforestation risk and prevent it. Launched today on Global Forest Watch Commodities, the new PALM Risk Tool will help companies meet their zero deforestation commitments by providing much-needed transparency into the sustainability of the palm oil they buy. WRI conducted an initial analysis of nearly 800 palm oil mills across the world and classified individual mills as having high, medium or low risk of being associated with deforestation. A pilot exercise with Unilever identified 29 high risk mills which, although they represent a relatively small part of their supply chain, will nonetheless be critical for the company’s efforts to reduce deforestation. The analysis is a first indication of the potential risks, to enable Unilever to conduct further in-depth verification, help them prioritize engagement with these mills and work with them to adopt more sustainable practices in order to reduce and prevent deforestation.