Demand for agricultural commodities is the leading driver of tropical deforestation. Many corporations have pledged to eliminate forest loss from their supply chains by purchasing only certified “sustainable” products. Eco-certifications are a conservation strategy used across a variety of natural resources, in which an independent agency tests or verifies that a certain more sustainable practice has been followed in the production of a given good or service. However, the degree to which these eco-certifications and corporate commitments are effectively reducing deforestation remains unclear.
We conducted a series of studies on eco-certifications and corporate zero-deforestation commitments in different contexts around the world to determine how these strategies are impacting deforestation.