08 Feb '15, 11am

2 years ago, the bad guys pledged to go good on rainforests. How’d they do?

2 years ago, the bad guys pledged to go good on rainforests. How’d they do?

Over the last few years, traders of palm oil and other commodities have made sweeping commitments to halt deforestation . These pledges — from companies like Wilmar and Cargill — are cause for both celebration and skepticism. It’s easy to make sustainability promises; it’s hard to deliver on them. How realistic are these palm-oil pledges? We can start to get a sense of that by looking at what’s happening with Asia Pulp and Paper. In 2013, this massive company promised to stop cutting down forests and buying from people who did. Today, two years later, the Rainforest Alliance has released an evaluation of the company’s progress . The assessment shows that Asia Pulp and Paper’s leaders really are sincere in their commitment and are making significant progress: “APP has met its commitments to halt the cutting of natural forest for the purposes of establishing new plantation a...

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