Temperate and tropical forests are some of the most valuable ecosystems on our planet, in fact we depend on them for our very survival. Acting as an invaluable harbour for biodiversity, helping mitigate climate change, protect soil degradation and supporting the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on them.
We recognise the importance of these environments and understand the importance of preventing further deforestation. We support the ambitions of UN Sustainable Development Goal 15 - to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
We are also signatories to the Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support - committed to halting forest loss associated with agricultural commodity production and to working with industry, producers, governments and civil society to protect globally important natural landscapes within a framework of good governance and land planning policy.
A number of different commodities we source are associated with risks related to deforestation, notably:
- Palm Oil
We are closely engaged with all our suppliers across these commodities to ensure care for the environment is taken within our supply chains.
Palm Oil - Our palm oil policy requires RSPO certification for palm oil and kernel derivatives, over 99% of our sources are compliant with our policy and we have worked hard to improve the proportion which is covered by physical supply chains.
Timber - Our timber policy prioritises sourcing from FSC certified sources. On the occasion that FSC is not always available we may also take from approved alternatives.
Soy - Soy has presented a unique challenge as the majority of its use is as a feed ingredient in our agricultural supply chains. Many different standards for the production of soy exist. We have been engaged with our suppliers and already have a number who can demonstrate they are using certified material which is not linked to deforestation. We continue to work on the development of an approach which will help deliver an ambition for all our agricultural supply chains to be able to demonstrate they are free from deforestation.
Beef - As all our fresh meat is British deforestation risk in our supply chains is specific to only a few cooked and processed products, some of which are sourced from South America. Given the risks associated with ranching and land clearance we have regularly engaged with our key suppliers over the past years to ensure controls are taken and our supply chains are not complicit in deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.