Addressing deforestation is critical to business successCDP
CDP data shows that up to US$906 billion in revenue is at risk because of deforestation. This means there is a lot at stake. Companies’ deforestation risk management activities and engagement across their supply chains is essential to meet their future business needs and protect long-term value.
Here we will set out the risk of deforestation to companies, explore the opportunities available and see how engaging with supply chains can ensure future growth.
Companies producing and sourcing commodities responsible for deforestation could be putting revenues at risk. Companies identified damage to their reputations as a common risk, resulting in a reduced demand for goods and services.
The impacts of climate change – which itself is being fuelled by deforestation – is leading to higher operating costs for companies. This, in turn, increases the challenges associated with sourcing or producing commodities.
The opportunities: Building opportunities through deforestation-free supply chains
77% of reporting companies recognize at least one supply chain risk with the potential to generate a substantive change in business operations, revenue or expenditure.
However, only 42% of companies have evaluated the availability or quality of forest-risk commodities over the medium-term. With such a large proportion of company revenues attached to these commodities; companies need to ensure they are planning for the long-term to ensure the sustainable supply of these commodities in future.
Next steps: Engage suppliers with CDP’s supply chain program
94% of manufacturers and retailers that work with their suppliers have identified supply chain-related opportunities, versus 35% of those that do not.
Supplier disclosure provides the building blocks for organizations to manage and reduce deforestation risk at scale. Now, for the first time, CDP is offering companies the opportunity to gather supplier information in a standardized and comparable format across four major commodities.
CDP will lead both purchasing organizations and suppliers on a journey towards deforestation-free supply chains.