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‘Forests are at the forefront of the climate emergency’: Earthworm links net zero progress with ‘fighting for forests’

December 1, 2021

According to recent Chain Reaction Research, 11,500 hectares of deforestation have been detected inside known palm oil concessions in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papual New Guinea.

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How Your 401(k) Is Helping Destroy the Amazon Rainforest

December 1, 2021

Since 2000, foreign investors have bought over 11,000 square miles of Brazilian farmland, an area larger than the state of Massachusetts, according to a report by Chain Reaction Research, a think tank focused on deforestation and commodities.

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Call on NGOs for pure soy to reach a small part of the market

December 1, 2021

Precise product flows are difficult to trace, but according to research by Chain Reaction Research, with which Aidenvironment also collaborates, the matter is probably a bit more nuanced.

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REPORT: Deforestation on Oil Palm Concessions Continued to Decline in First Half of 2021

October 11, 2021

Analysis by Chain Reaction Research (CRR) shows that 10 palm oil companies were responsible for approximately 5,000 hectares (ha) of forest clearing during the first six months of 2021 in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea.

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MEDIA: UN to world leaders: To curtail warming, you must do more

September 20, 2021

Pressure keeps building on increasingly anxious world leaders to ratchet up efforts to fight climate change. There’s more of it coming this week in one of the highest-profile forums of all — the United Nations.

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REPORT: Governing Voluntary Carbon Markets: Enhancing the ability of the TSVCM to contribute to climate goals

June 24, 2021

The Taskforce for Scaling the Voluntary Carbon Market (TSVCM) was established to create the conditions for the Voluntary Carbon Market to grow rapidly and so massively expand the flow of private finance to emissions reduction activities around the world and accelerate the transition to a Net Zero Economy. This is essential if we are to avoid the most dangerous potential climate change impacts and protect natural environments and the Taskforce is to be commended for the progress it has made to date.

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WEBINAR: Japan’s Role in Global Palm Oil and Timber Markets

May 14, 2021

Chain Reaction Research held a webinar with Youki Mikami of Abovo to discuss how Japan’s deforestation links to the palm oil and timber leakage markets.

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PRESS RELEASE: New U.S. Green Economy Report Series Identifies States Most Prepared to Seize Clean Energy Growth

April 28, 2021

Analysis of 25 States Finds Ripe Green Investment Opportunities Through 2025 Thanks to Non-Federal Actors Strong Green Economy Efforts (more…)

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MEDIA: Britain, Norway and the United States join forces with businesses to protect tropical forests.

April 22, 2021

Britain, Norway and the United States said Thursday they would join forces with some of the world’s biggest companies in an effort to rally more than $1 billion for countries that can show they are lowering emissions by protecting tropical forests.
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MEDIA: Climate summit leaders hope to catalyze a key ingredient: Cash

April 21, 2021

World leaders looking for ways to slow climate change are zeroing in on a key element to actually help make that happen: the private sector and the vast amount of money it can invest to transform the global economy. (more…)

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WEBINAR: Evaluating the Universe of Risks in Indonesia Palm Oil

March 30, 2021

On April 15th, the Zoological Society of London SPOTT (ZSL SPOTT), Chain Reaction Research (CRR), and Orbitas hosted a webinar to discuss the fundamentals of how financiers should analyze a broad range of risks amongst palm oil companies in Indonesia as well as the whole supply chain to inform their ESG investment and lending strategies.
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PRESS RELEASE: Bunge 2020 Cerrado Deforestation Greater Than Next Four Competitors Combined

March 30, 2021

Washington D.C. Bunge’s potential Cerrado deforestation is 12% greater than its next four competitors deforestation combined, 2025 zero-deforestation goal at risk. (more…)

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MEDIA: Former U.S. Climate Leaders Press Biden on Amazon Deforestation

January 29, 2021

A bipartisan coalition of seven former cabinet secretaries and chief climate change negotiators moved to push President Biden forward
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WEBINAR: South Korea’s Ties to Unsustainable Palm

December 18, 2020

Chain Reaction Research (CRR) held a webinar with special guest Shin Young Chung from Advocates for Public Interest Law South Korea on Jan. 21st, 2021 to discuss the ties between South Korea and the unsustainable palm market through production, consumption, and finance.

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WEBINAR: Deforestation Risks for Brazil’s Big Meatpackers

December 10, 2020

Chain Reaction Research (CRR) hosted a webinar on Jan. 14th to discuss their report analyzing the financial risks Brazil’s three largest meatpackers face from deforestation. (more…)

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WEBINAR RECORDING – Building Back Better: Potential Policies for COVID Recovery & Climate Action

November 29, 2020

Climate Advisers and Third Way co-hosted a webinar on climate policies that can aid in America’s economic recovery from Covid-19 on December 10th. (more…)

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From Risk to Opportunity: Climate Transitions and Tropical Commodities

November 29, 2020

Orbitas will host a high-level event on policy, risk, and finance related to tropical agricultural commodities and how these markets will be affected by climate transitions. (more…)

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WEBINAR: FMCGs’ Zero-Deforestation Challenges & Growing Exposure to Reputation Risk

November 4, 2020

Chain Reaction Research (CRR) hosted a webinar on Nov. 19th to discuss Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Companies’ deforestation goals and the reputation risk they face from not meeting them. (more…)

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WEBINAR: Possible Financial & Legal Implications of Casino Group’s Deforestation Links

October 14, 2020

Chain Reaction Research (CRR) hosted a webinar on Oct. 29th with Mighty Earth and Envol Vert to examine the legal and financial risks Casino Group faces from ties to illegal deforestation.
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PRESS RELEASE: Casino Group Ties to Illegal Brazilian Deforestation Creates Over $2.5 Billion in Financing Risks

September 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. Beef tied to illegal Brazilian deforestation and traced to Casino Group stores may violate French law and may create over USD 2.5 billion in financing risks. (more…)

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WEBINAR: China’s Links to Brazilian Deforestation

September 19, 2020

Chain Reaction Research (CRR) hosted a webinar on Oct. 2nd to explore the ties between Chinese markets and Brazilian deforestation.
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WEBINAR: Brazilian Beef Supply Chain – The Main Actors, ESG Impacts, and Business Risks

September 1, 2020

Chain Reaction Research hosted a webinar on Sept. 11th to review two new reports on the state of the Brazilian cattle industry and how factors like deforestation and COVID-19 create business risks. (more…)

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PRESS RELEASE: Deforestation and Other ESG Risks Present Potential $1.3 Billion Hazard for JBS

August 31, 2020

Washington, D.C. JBS’ supply chain may be linked to 1.7 million hectares (ha) of deforestation across six Brazilian states creating significant financial risks.

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The State of Palm Oil Zero-Deforestation Commitments: Refiners & Crushers

August 21, 2020

Palm oil crushers and refiners sit within a bottleneck of the palm oil industry. Because of this, they serve as key actors in establishing and enforcing sustainability commitments.

Joined by ZSL’s (Zoological Society of London) SPOTT initiative and BMO Global Asset Management, Chain Reaction Research discusses new insights on this sector’s sustainability commitments and connection to leakage markets.

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PRESS RELEASE: Unilever, Danone and other major consumer goods companies are purchasing palm oil from mills linked to Indonesia’s worst deforesters

August 21, 2020

Washington, D.C.  A new report from Chain Reaction Research (CRR) has tracked palm fruit from plantations, actively involved in deforestation, to a mill supplying palm products to companies like Unilever, Danone, and others. (more…)

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PRESS RELEASE: A coronavirus lifeline for state and city governments

August 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. The former mayors of Salt Lake City and Charlotte are championing a new policy initiative to put state and city governments in a position to lead our economic and health recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Blueprint for International Ocean-Climate Action Charts Path Forward for Governments

July 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. To date, the international fight against climate change has largely overlooked the ocean-climate relationship. Yet the ocean and climate are inextricably linked. The ocean plays a central role regulating the climate, including by absorbing heat and carbon dioxide. This imposes a heavy cost through effects such as deoxygenation and acidification, which are decimating ocean ecosystems and damaging the communities that rely on them. At the same time, the ocean is a source of measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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PRESS RELEASE: Companies Committed to Sustainable Palm Oil Production Have Substantively Stronger Equity Returns

May 31, 2019

Washington, D.C. Companies in the palm oil supply chain that have committed to sustainable production have experienced stronger equity returns versus its industry counterparts, according to a new report from Climate Advisers, a consultancy specializing in climate and financial risk in the land sector.

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Press Release: Reactions to the Katowice Declaration on Forests for the Climate

December 12, 2018

Katowice, Poland. On December 12th, The Polish presidency of the 24th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) will announce The Ministerial Katowice Declaration on Forests for the Climate.

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