Meat Impacts

High Steaks: How focusing on agriculture can ensure the EU meets its methane-reduction goals

Mighty Earth joined some of Europe's leading working on climate change, environmental protection, and deforestation to launch a new report on how Europe could cut its dangerous methane levels by nearly 70% contributing to a big reduction in this particularly harmful gas. The report, "High Steaks: How focusing on agriculture can ensure the EU meets its methane-reduction goals" was led and authored by Changing Markets Foundation who we've been working with to push EU decision-makers to take action on methane. 

The study investigates the potential of methane reductions across different EU sectors. It found that the biggest methane reductions – up to 36% – could come from tackling emissions in the agriculture sector.

The report demands the EU take three steps toward reducing methane emissions:

  • Set methane emission-reduction targets
  • Promote healthier diets with less and better meat and dairy
  • Regulate EU companies to reduce their emissions

The coalition includes Changing Markets Foundation, Feedback EU, BirdLife International, WeMoveEurope, Compassion in World Farming, Deutsche Umwelt Hilfe, and Mighty Earth.

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The Boys From Brazil: How JBS became the world’s largest meat company – and wrecked the climate to do it

The Boys From Brazil: How JBS became the world’s largest meat company – and wrecked the climate to do it 

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The full Mighty Earth’s report on JBS titled The Boys From Brazil can be found here:
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Mighty Earth has published a new report which highlights that the world’s largest meat company, JBS, has increased its greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 51% over the last five years and is now responsible for greater emissions than Italy’s annual climate footprint.

The report The Boys From Brazil: How JBS became the world’s largest meat company – and wrecked the climate to do it highlights how the Brazilian-based meat giant has been driving the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and other ecosystems, while also causing supersized climate emissions. The scandal-hit company has been linked to high-level bribery, price-fixing, pollution and the exploitation of workers.

Key findings in the report: 

  • JBS has increased its greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 51% over the last five years 
  • JBS’ emissions are now greater than Italy's annual climate footprint 
  • JBS slaughtered 46.7 million pigs, 26.8 million cattle and 4.9 billion chickens last year 
  • JBS’s emissions are now higher than the annual climate footprint of Spain and are almost as much as France and the United Kingdom. 

The latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report has singled out livestock-related methane emissions, recommending they be slashed by a third by 2030 in order to hold global temperature rise to 1.5ºC. This means the rapid expansion of JBS poses a direct threat to the climate. 
 
Mighty Earth’s report highlights that JBS was responsible for an estimated 1.5 million hectares of deforestation in its indirect supply chains in Brazil since 2008 and warns that JBS has repeatedly broken its promises to stamp out deforestation. 
 
“JBS is one of the world’s worst climate offenders and that’s why we’re urging its key customers like giant supermarkets Carrefour, Costco and Tesco to drop JBS urgently,” said Alex Wijeratna, Campaign Director at Mighty Earth.  

Read the full report


European supermarkets turn their back on beef linked to Amazon deforestation

EU supermarkets turn their back on beef linked to Amazon deforestation 

In response to surging deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and a new investigation documenting their ties to deforestation, major supermarket chains in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands have announced they were dropping Brazilian beef altogether and/or beef products tied to JBS, the world’s largest beef company. 

The move comes following a new investigation by Repórter Brasil in partnership with Mighty Earth that tracked deforestation-linked beef in the Brazilian Amazon and the Pantanal tropical wetlands to European retail store shelves, in the form of beef jerky, corned beef and fresh prime cuts. Mighty Earth alerted the retailers and companies to the deforestation links in advance of publication, resulting in this raft of new announcements. 

UK: See the investigation of Sainbury's and corned beef  

Belgium: See the investigation of Carrefour Belgium and Jack Link’s Beef Jerky 

The Netherlands: See the investigation of Lidl Netherlands and ribeye beef steaks 

The Netherlands: See the investigation of Ahold companies and beef products in Belgium, the Netherlands and US 


Supermarkten in Europa stoppen met Braziliaans rundvlees door aan vleesgigant JBS gelinkte ontbossing 

Supermarkten in Europa stoppen met Braziliaans rundvlees door aan vleesgigant JBS gelinkte ontbossing 

BRUSSELS en WASHINGTON, DC – Als reactie op de groeiende ontbossing in Brazilië en een nieuw onderzoek dat de banden met ontbossing documenteert, hebben supermarktketens in België, Frankrijk, Nederland en het VK vandaag aangekondigd dat ze helemaal stoppen met Braziliaans rundvlees en/of rundvleesproducten die een relatie met JBS hebben, het grootste rundvleesbedrijf ter wereld. 

De maatregel komt na een nieuw onderzoek door Repórter Brasil in samenwerking met Mighty Earth, waarin aan ontbossing gerelateerd rundvlees in de vorm van beef jerky, corned beef en vers vlees naar de schappen van Europese winkels werd gevolgd. Mighty Earth deelde de bevindingen direct met de bedrijven voor de geplande publicatie, resulterend in de aankondigingen van vandaag. 

"Dit is een belangrijk keerpunt omdat meerdere grote supermarkten in Europa duidelijk "nee" tegen Braziliaans rundvlees zeggen omdat ze zich zorgen maken over ontbossing", zegt Nico Muzi, directeur van Mighty Earth Europa. "Dit is geen vage toezegging of een mooie aankondiging die het goed in een persbericht doet. Dit zijn concrete commerciële acties van een aantal van de grootste supermarkten uit Europa om geen rundvlees meer te kopen en verkopen van een bedrijf en een land die te veel beloften hebben gedaan en te weinig resultaten hebben laten zien."  

“Kerst is al vroeg begonnen voor de bossen in het Amazonegebied, de Braziliaanse Cerrado-savanna's en de Pantanal-wetlands,” zegt Muzi.  

De belangrijkste toezeggingen van de Europese supermarkten die vandaag zijn aangekondigd zijn: 

  • Ahold Delhaize - een Nederlands supermarktbedrijf met meer dan 7.000 locaties wereldwijd en een omzet van 75 miljard euro in 2020
  • Albert Heijn (onderdeel van Ahold Delhaize) heeft toegezegd om voor al haar winkels geen rundvlees uit Brazilië meer in te kopen. Het is de grootste supermarktketen van Nederland met meer dan 1.000 winkels en een marktaandeel van 35% in 2020. 
  • Delhaize (onderdeel van Ahold Delhaize) heeft toegezegd om alle producten van Jack Link’s uit haar schappen te verwijderen. Het bedrijf is een van de grootste supermarktketens van België.  
  • Lidl Nederland heeft toegezegd om per januari 2022 te stoppen met de verkoop van al het uit Zuid-Amerika afkomstige rundvlees. Het bedrijf is onderdeel van Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG, een Duitse supermarktketen met meer dan 11.000 winkels wereldwijd en een omzet van meer dan 75 miljard USD
  • Carrefour Belgium heeft toegezegd om te stoppen met de verkoop van Jack Link’s beef jerky en de grotere Carrefour Group heeft toegezegd om beter toezicht te houden in alle landen waar ze actief zijn. Carrefour Group is een Franse multinational met meer dan 15.500 winkels wereldwijd en een omzet van 78.6 miljard euro in 2020. Mighty Earth blijft druk op Carrefour uitoefenen om meer actie in al haar winkels te ondernemen.  
  • Auchan Frankrijk heeft toegezegd om beef jerky-producten die banden met JBS hebben uit haar winkelschappen te verwijderen. Auchan Frankrijk is onderdeel van Auchan Retail International S.A., Een Franse multinational met bijna 2.000 winkels wereldwijd en een omzet van 31.6 miljard euro in 2020
  • Sainsbury’s UK heeft toegezegd om haar eigen merk corned beef volledig uit Brazilië te verwijderen. Sainsbury’s is de op een na grootste supermarktketen uit het VK met een marktaandeel van 16% in de supermarktsector, meer dan 1.400 winkels en een omzet van 32 miljard pond in 2020/21
  • Princes Group heeft aangekondigd dat ze sinds november 2020 geen contracten voor corned beef meer met JBS hebben afgesloten en heeft toegezegd dat ze een nieuw inkoopbeleid voor Braziliaanse materialen hebben waarin onder andere absoluut geen ontbossing toegestaan is. Princes is een internationaal voedings- en drankbedrijf dat is gevestigd in Liverpool met een omzet van 1,5 miljard pond in 2020/21

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Ondernemingsverklaringen over de toezeggingen van vandaag 

ALBERT HEIJN 

“Albert Heijn heeft besloten om te stoppen met de aankoop van rundvlees uit Brazilië voor al haar winkels,” zei een woordvoerder voor Albert Heijn. “Dit omvat zowel eigen merk als A-merken. Albert Heijn zal tijdens de komende maanden samenwerken met onze leveranciers om alle rundvleesproducten uit Brazilië uit te faseren of vervangen.” 

LIDL NEDERLAND 

"Het beschermen van biodiversiteit, inclusief het voorkomen van ontbossing, zijn centrale thema's binnen ons duurzaam inkoopbeleid", zei Renée Bijvoets, Sustainability Manager voor Lidl Nederland. "Gezien het risico van ontbossing dat in verband wordt gebracht met rundvlees van Zuid-Amerikaanse oorsprong hebben we samen met onze leverancier besloten om op zoek te gaan naar alternatieve bronnen. Het resultaat is dat we vanaf januari 2022 geen rundvlees van Zuid-Amerikaanse herkomst meer zullen verkopen als onderdeel van ons vaste assortiment. 

CARREFOUR GROUP 

“Na de ontvangen waarschuwing van Repórter Brasil en Mighty Earth zijn we direct een onderzoek gestart” zegt Geoffroy Gersdorff, Group Director of Merchandise Offer Food and Non-Food van Carrefour Group. “Als gevolg hiervan zal Carrefour stoppen met de verkoop van Jack Link’s beef jerky in Carrefour België en zullen we beter toezicht houden in alle landen waar we actief zijn. Deze commerciële beslissing is genomen binnen het comité voor inkoopregels voor de voedseltransitie van Carrefour. De groep is blij met de inzet van de NGO voor dit gevecht, omdat dialoog en waakzaamheid door iedereen ons in staat stelt om problemen te identificeren en voorgang te boeken.” 

DELHAIZE BELGIË 

“Delhaize zal ervoor zorgen dat alle Jack Link’s beef jerky uit al haar winkels zal worden verwijderd.” zei een woordvoerder voor Delhaize België.  

SAINSBURY’S VK 

“Het verband tussen de veehouderij en de vernietiging van ecosystemen zoals het Amazonegebied, de Cerrado en de Pentanal is een complexe zaak die we extreem serieus nemen. We hebben samen met onze leveranciers en de bredere bedrijfstak een aantal stappen genomen om dit proberen aan te pakken, maar er is niet voldoende voortgang geboekt. We streven er daarom naar om de inkoop voor ons eigen merk corned beef uit Brazilië te verwijderen om ervoor te zorgen dat er onafhankelijk kan worden gecontroleerd dat de oorsprong van het corned beef van Sainsbury vrij van ontbossing en conversie is.” 

AUCHAN FRANKRIJK 

“Auchan zet zich in tegen ontbossing en het kappen in Brazilië en met name in de Cerrado,” zei een woordvoerder van Auchan Frankrijk. “Om dit te ondersteunen, werkt Auchan nauw samen met de Earthworm Foundation, die winkeliers ondersteunt bij de implementatie van een verantwoordelijk inkoopbeleid. Het bedrijf heeft een jaar geleden ook het manifest tegen ontbossing voor sojabonen ondertekend. Momenteel onderzoekt onze kwaliteitsdienst uw informatie. Het product wordt door veel winkeliers en e-bedrijven in Frankrijk verkocht. Auchan kan niet worden aangewezen als een specifieke verkoper van dit product. Om eventuele misverstanden te voorkomen en om aan onze toezeggingen te voldoen, besluit Auchan om het product uit te schappen te halen.” 

PRINCES GROUP 

“Princes heeft sinds november 2020 geen contracten voor corned beef meer met JBS afgesloten. Het corned beef van het Princes-merk dat van JBS is betrokken en is geïdentificeerd door Mighty Earth in de winkelschappen in het VK en Nederland, zijn resten die zijn overgebleven uit het laatste contract.” zei een woordvoerder voor de Princes Group. “Princes neemt het probleem van ontbossing erg serieus en is continu samen met leveranciers bezig om het beheer van de toeleveringsketen te verbeteren, risico's te beperken en voor meer transparantie te zorgen. We hebben onze toeleveringsketen voor corned beef onderzocht en ontwikkelen een nieuw inkoopbeleid voor Braziliaans materiaal waarbij met meerdere factoren rekening wordt gehouden, waaronder traceerbaarheid, risico's, kosten, kwaliteit, feedback van klanten, het beheer van indirecte leveranciers en een toezegging voor nul komma nul ontbossing." 

Check out Mighty Earth’s briefings on Ahold Delhaize, Carrefour, Lidl Netherlands and Sainsbury’s

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CONTACT: 
Joel Finkelstein 

202.285.0113 | [email protected] 


Des supermarchés européens cessent de s'approvisionner en bœuf brésilien en raison de l’implication du géant de la viande JBS dans des pratiques de déforestation

Des supermarchés européens cessent de s'approvisionner en bœuf brésilien en raison de l’implication du géant de la viande JBS dans des pratiques de déforestation. 

BRUXELLES et WASHINGTON, DC — Confrontées à la déforestation galopante au Brésil et en réponse à une nouvelle enquête documentant leurs liens avec la déforestation, des chaînes de supermarchés en Belgique, en France, aux Pays-Bas et au Royaume-Uni ont annoncé aujourd’hui qu’elles abandonnaient complètement leur approvisionnement en bœuf brésilien et/ou en produits à base de bœuf liés à JBS, la plus grande entreprise de viande bovine au monde. 

Ces décisions font suite à une nouvelle enquête menée par Repórter Brasil en partenariat avec Mighty Earth, qui a permis de retracer le parcours de viande de bœuf liée à la déforestation jusque dans les rayonnages de grandes surfaces européennes, sous la forme de bœuf séché, de corned-beef ou de viande fraîche. Le partage par Mighty Earth des résultats de l’enquête, en amont de sa publication, avec les entreprises directement concernées, ont donné lieu aux déclarations d’aujourd’hui. 

« C’est un moment charnière, car plusieurs grandes chaînes de supermarchés en Europe ont catégoriquement dit “non” au bœuf brésilien en raison des problèmes de déforestation », a déclaré Nico Muzi, directeur de Mighty Earth Europe. « Il ne s’agit pas de vagues engagements ou de déclarations pour faire bonne impression dans un communiqué de presse. Ce sont des mesures commerciales concrètes prises par certains des plus grands supermarchés d’Europe pour cesser d’acheter et de vendre de la viande de bœuf provenant d’une entreprise et d’un pays qui ont beaucoup promis et qui ont obtenu si peu de résultats. » 

« C’est Noël avant l’heure pour les forêts d’Amazonie, les savanes du Cerrado brésilien et les zones humides du Pantanal », a ajouté Nico Muzi.  

Les principaux engagements communiqués aujourd’hui par les supermarchés européens sont les suivants : 

  • Ahold Delhaize—une entreprise néerlandaise de grande distribution comptant plus de 7 000 magasins dans le monde et ayant réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 75 milliards d’euros en 2020. 
  • Albert Heijn (qui est rattaché à Ahold Delhaize) s’est engagé à ne plus s’approvisionner en bœuf brésilien pour l’ensemble de ses magasins. Avec plus de 1 000 points de vente et une part de marché de 35 % en 2020, il s’agit de la plus grande chaîne de supermarchés aux Pays-Bas. 
  • Delhaize (qui est rattaché à Ahold Delhaize) s’est engagé à retirer tous les produits Jack Link's de ses rayons. Cette société est l’une des plus grandes chaînes de supermarchés en Belgique.  
  • Lidl Pays-Bas s’est engagé à ne plus vendre de viande de bœuf d’origine sud-américaine à partir de janvier 2022. L’entreprise est rattachée à Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG, une chaîne de grande distribution allemande qui compte plus de 11 000 points de vente dans le monde et réalise un chiffre d’affaires de plus de 75 milliards de dollars
  • Carrefour Belgique s’est engagé à ne plus vendre de bœuf séché Jack Link’s, et le groupe Carrefour dans son ensemble s’est engagé à renforcer sa surveillance dans tous les pays où il opère. Le groupe Carrefour est une multinationale française qui compte 15 500 magasins dans le monde et dont le chiffre d’affaires s’est élevé à 79 milliards d’euros en 2020. Mighty Earth continue de faire pression sur Carrefour pour que cette mesure soit appliquée à l’ensemble de ses magasins.  
  • Auchan France s’est engagé à retirer des rayons de ses magasins les produits de bœuf séché liés à JBS. Auchan France est rattaché à Auchan Retail International S.A., une multinationale française qui compte 2 000 points de vente dans le monde et a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 32 milliards d’euros en 2020
  • Sainsbury’s au Royaume-Uni s’est engagé à cesser la production du corned-beef vendu sous sa propre marque au Brésil. Sainsbury’s est la deuxième plus grande chaîne britannique de supermarchés, occupant une part de marché de 16 %. Elle compte plus de 1 400 points de vente et a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 32 milliards de livres sterling en 2020/21
  • Le groupe Princes au Royaume-Uni a annoncé qu’il n’avait pas passé de contrat pour du corned-beef auprès de JBS depuis novembre 2020 et s’est engagé à adopter une nouvelle politique d’approvisionnement zéro déforestation pour les matières premières provenant du Brésil. Princes est une multinationale du secteur alimentaire et des boissons basée à Liverpool. En 2020/21, son chiffre d’affaires s’élevait à 1,5 milliard de livres sterling

L’enquête menée par Repórter Brasil en partenariat avec Mighty Earth a permis de mettre en lumière de multiples exemples de « blanchiment de bétail » : les abattoirs JBS situés dans des zones à faible déforestation comme l’État de São Paulo transforment de la viande de bœuf provenant de bovins élevés et nourris dans des fermes officiellement sanctionnées — et frappées d’embargo — pour déforestation illégale de la forêt amazonienne, ou liées à la destruction de la savane boisée du Cerrado et des zones humides tropicales du Pantanal. 

Avec un chiffre d’affaires annuel de 50 milliards de dollars, JBS est le premier producteur mondial de viande de bœuf. Rien qu’au Brésil, il abat près de 35 000 bovins par jour. En 2017, il a été estimé qu’environ un tiers des exportations bovines de JBS au Brésil provenait de l’Amazonie.  

L’an dernier, l’Amazonie brésilienne a atteint son niveau record de déforestation depuis 15 ans. Les scientifiques estiment que les deux tiers des terres défrichées en Amazonie et dans le Cerrado ont été convertis en pâturages pour le bétail.  

« L’enquête montre que JBS continue de vendre de la viande de bœuf liée à la déforestation, alors qu’il existe en Amérique latine environ 650 millions d’hectares de terres où une production agricole sans déforestation est possible », a poursuivi Nico Muzi. « La bonne nouvelle, c’est que l’Europe ne l’achète plus. Ces mesures commerciales, ainsi que la nouvelle législation européenne destinée à lutter contre la déforestation importée, montrent que l’étau se resserre sur les destructeurs de forêts. » 

« En fait, à en juger par les engagements pris aujourd’hui, il semble que les politiques irresponsables de JBS incitent les principaux supermarchés et détaillants à se détourner non seulement de cette entreprise, mais aussi du bœuf brésilien et même sud-américain en général », a expliqué Nico Muzi. « Si j’étais à la tête d’une autre entreprise de viande bovine de cette région du monde, j’exhorterais JBS à cesser de faire de toute cette zone un paria mondial en raison des problèmes de déforestation. Il y a certainement de nombreuses entreprises en Amérique du Sud qui se comportent bien mieux. » 

En avril dernier, Mighty Earth a publié sa dernière analyse des données relatives à la déforestation, et a constaté que JBS était l’entreprise de viande la moins performante. Au cours des deux dernières années, elle a été liée au défrichement de 100 000 hectares. Près de 75 % de ces défrichements ont eu lieu dans des aires protégées, ce qui les rend potentiellement illégaux au regard de la législation brésilienne. 

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Déclarations des entreprises sur leurs présents engagements 

ALBERT HEIJN 

« Albert Heijn a décidé de ne plus s’approvisionner en viande de bœuf du Brésil pour l’ensemble de ses magasins », a déclaré un porte-parole d’Albert Heijn. « Cette décision concerne aussi bien les produits de marque de distributeur que les autres marques. Albert Heijn travaillera avec ses fournisseurs dans les mois à venir pour éliminer progressivement ou remplacer tous les produits à base de bœuf d’origine brésilienne. » 

LIDL PAYS-BAS 

« La protection de la biodiversité et la lutte contre la déforestation sont au cœur de notre politique d’achat durable », a déclaré Renée Bijvoets, Sustainability Manager pour Lidl, Pays-Bas. « Compte tenu du risque de déforestation lié à la viande de bœuf d’origine sud-américaine, nous avons décidé avec notre fournisseur, de chercher une autre source d’approvisionnement. C’est pourquoi, à partir de janvier 2022, nous ne vendrons plus de viande de bœuf d’origine sud-américaine dans notre assortiment permanent. » 

GROUPE CARREFOUR 

« Après avoir été alertés par Repórter Brasil et Mighty Earth, nous avons immédiatement procédé à une enquête », a déclaré Geoffroy Gersdorff, Group Director of Merchandise Offer Food and Non-Food du groupe Carrefour. « Par conséquent, Carrefour cessera de vendre du bœuf séché Jack Link’s dans ses magasins Carrefour en Belgique et renforcera sa surveillance dans tous les pays où le groupe opère. Cette décision commerciale a été prise au sein du Comité des règles d’achat de Carrefour pour la transition alimentaire. Le Groupe salue l’engagement des ONG dans cette lutte, car le dialogue et la vigilance de tous permettent d’identifier les problèmes et de progresser. » 

DELHAIZE BELGIQUE 

« Delhaize veillera à ce que tout le bœuf séché Jack Link’s soit retiré de l’ensemble de ses magasins », a déclaré un porte-parole de Delhaize Belgique.  

SAINSBURY'S ROYAUME-UNI 

« Le lien entre l’élevage de bétail et la destruction d’écosystèmes comme l’Amazonie, le Cerrado et le Pantanal est un problème complexe, que nous prenons très au sérieux. Avec nos fournisseurs et l’ensemble du secteur, nous avons pris une série de mesures pour résoudre ce problème, mais les progrès sont insuffisants. Nous nous engageons donc à ne plus nous approvisionner au Brésil pour le corned-beef vendu sous notre propre marque, ceci afin de s’assurer que l’origine du corned-beef Sainsbury’s puisse être sans déforestation ni conversion d’écosystèmes et vérifiée de manière indépendante. » 

AUCHAN FRANCE 

« Auchan se mobilise contre la déforestation et le défrichement des écosystèmes au Brésil et notamment dans le Cerrado », a déclaré un porte-parole d’Auchan France. « Afin de soutenir cet effort, Auchan travaille en étroite collaboration avec la Fondation Earthworm qui aide les détaillants à mettre en œuvre une politique d’approvisionnement responsable. En outre, l’entreprise a signé l’an dernier le manifeste contre la déforestation liée au soja. Actuellement, notre service qualité enquête sur les informations que vous nous avez transmises. Ce produit est commercialisé par un grand nombre de détaillants et de sites de e-commerce en France. Aussi, Auchan ne saurait être identifié comme un vendeur spécifique de ce produit. Afin d’éviter tout malentendu et conformément à ses engagements, Auchan a donc décidé de retirer le produit de ses rayons. » 

GROUPE PRINCES 

« Princes n’a pas passé de contrat pour le corned-beef de JBS depuis novembre 2020 ; le corned-beef provenant de JBS vendu sous la marque Princes et repéré par Mighty Earth dans ses rayonnages au Royaume-Uni et aux Pays-Bas correspond au stock résiduel de ce dernier contrat », a déclaré un porte-parole du Groupe Princes. « Princes prend le problème de la déforestation très au sérieux et s’engage constamment auprès de ses fournisseurs pour améliorer la gestion de sa chaîne d’approvisionnement, en atténuer les risques et renforcer sa transparence. Nous avons réexaminé notre chaîne d’approvisionnement en corned-beef et nous sommes en train d’élaborer une nouvelle politique d’approvisionnement en matières premières provenant du Brésil. Cette politique tient compte d’un large éventail de facteurs, dont la traçabilité, le risque, le coût, la qualité, le retour des clients, la gestion des fournisseurs indirects et un engagement zéro déforestation. » 

Check out Mighty Earth’s briefings on Ahold Delhaize, Carrefour, Lidl Netherlands and Sainsbury’s 

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CONTACT : 
Joel Finkelstein 

+1 202.285.0113 | [email protected] 


Supermarkets Across Europe Drop Brazilian Beef Over Deforestation Linked to Meat Giant JBS

Supermarkets Across Europe Drop Brazilian Beef Over Deforestation Linked to Meat Giant JBS 

BRUSSELS and WASHINGTON, DC – In response to surging deforestation in Brazil and a new investigation documenting their ties to deforestation, supermarket chains in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK today announced they were dropping Brazilian beef altogether and/or beef products tied to JBS, the world’s largest beef company. 

The move comes following a new investigation by Repórter Brasil in partnership with Mighty Earth that tracked deforestation-linked beef to European retail store shelves, in the form of beef jerky, corned beef and fresh prime cuts. Mighty Earth shared the findings directly with the companies in advance of planned publication, resulting in today’s announcements. 

“This is a watershed moment because several huge supermarkets across Europe are saying an emphatic ‘No!’ to Brazilian beef over deforestation concerns,” said Mighty Earth Europe Director Nico Muzi. “This is not a vague commitment or a nice announcement that looks good in a press release. These are a series of concrete commercial actions taken by some of the biggest supermarkets in Europe to stop buying and selling beef from a company and a country that have made too many promises and have delivered too few results.” 

“Christmas has come early for the forests in the Amazon, the Brazilian Cerrado savannahs and the Pantanal wetlands,” said Muzi.  

The key commitments from Europe-based supermarkets announced today are: 

  • Ahold Delhaize - a Dutch food retail company with over 7,000 locations worldwide and revenue of €75 billion in 2020
  • Albert Heijn (part of Ahold Delhaize) committed to stop sourcing beef from Brazil for all of its stores. It is the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands, with over 1,000 locations and a market share of 35% in 2020. 
  • Delhaize (part of Ahold Delhaize) committed to removing all Jack Link’s products from its shelves. The company is one of the largest supermarket chains in Belgium.  
  • Lidl Netherlands committed to stop selling all beef with South American origin as of January 2022. The company is part of Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG, a German retailer chain with over 11,000 locations worldwide and revenue of over USD$75 billion
  • Carrefour Belgium committed to stop selling Jack Link’s Beef Jerky in Belgium, and the larger Carrefour Group committed to increasing surveillance in all operating countries. Carrefour Group is a French multinational with 15,500 stores worldwide and revenue of €79 billion in 2020. Mighty Earth is continuing to press Carrefour for broader action across all its stores.  
  • Auchan France committed to removing beef jerky products tied to JBS from its store shelves. Auchan France is part of Auchan Retail International S.A., a French multinational with almost 2,000 locations worldwide and revenue of €32 billion in 2020
  • Sainsbury’s UK committed to moving its own brand corned beef away from Brazil entirely. Sainsbury’s is the second largest chain of supermarkets in the UK, with a 16% share of the supermarket sector, over 1,400 locations and £32 billion in sales in 2020/21
  • Princes Group announced it has not placed a contract for corned beef from JBS since November 2020 and committed to a new sourcing policy for Brazilian material that includes zero deforestation. Princes is an international food and drink company based in Liverpool in the UK with £1.5 billion in revenue in 2020/21. 

The research by Repórter Brasil in partnership with Mighty Earth found multiple examples of “cattle laundering” – beef processed by JBS at its slaughterhouses in low-deforestation areas such as São Paulo, but sourced from cattle raised and fed on farms officially sanctioned – and embargoed – for illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, or tied to destruction of the Cerrado woody savannah and the Pantanal tropical wetlands. 

With annual revenues of $50 billion, JBS is the world’s largest producer of beef – slaughtering almost 35,000 cattle a day in Brazil alone. In 2017, about a third of JBS’s beef exports from Brazil are assessed to have come from the Amazon.  

In the past year, the Brazilian Amazon has seen the worst deforestation levels in 15 years. Scientists estimate two-thirds of cleared land in the Amazon and the Cerrado has been converted to cattle pasture.  

“The new research shows JBS continues to sell beef linked to deforestation, even though there are around 650 million hectares of land in Latin America where deforestation-free agricultural production is possible,” said Muzi. “The big news is that Europe is not buying it now. These commercial actions as well as new EU legislation to stamp out imported deforestation, show that the grip is tightening on forest destroyers.” 

“In fact, based on today’s commitments, it looks like JBS’s irresponsible practices are causing major supermarkets and retailers to turn away not just from this one company, but from Brazil-sourced and even South American-sourced beef in general,” said Muzi. “If I was another beef company from that part of the world, I would urge JBS to stop making their entire region a deforestation-linked global pariah. Certainly, there are many companies in South America that do better.” 

This past April, Mighty Earth released its newest analysis of deforestation data, which found that JBS was the worst-performing meatpacker. It has been linked to 100,000 hectares of clearance the past two years. Some 75 percent of this clearance occurred in protected areas, making it potentially illegal under Brazilian law. 

Corporate Statements on Today’s Commitments 

ALBERT HEIJN 

“Albert Heijn has decided to stop sourcing beef from Brazil for all of its stores,” said a spokesperson for Albert Heijn. “This includes private label as well as branded products. Albert Heijn will be working with our suppliers in the coming months to phase out or replace all beef products of Brazilian origin.” 

LIDL NETHERLANDS 

“Protecting biodiversity, including preventing deforestation, are central themes within our sustainable purchasing policy,” said Renée Bijvoets, Sustainability Manager for for Lidl Netherlands. “Given the risk of deforestation linked to beef with South-American origin, we have decided together with our supplier to look for alternative sourcing. The result is that from January 2022 onwards we will not sell beef with South-American origin in our fixed assortment.” 

CARREFOUR GROUP 

“Following the alert received by Repórter Brasil and Mighty Earth, we conducted an immediate investigation,” said Geoffroy Gersdorff, Group Director of Merchandise Offer Food and Non-Food of Carrefour Group. “As a consequence, Carrefour will stop selling Jack Link’s beef jerky in Carrefour Belgium and will increase its surveillance in all its operating countries. This commercial decision was taken within Carrefour’s Committee on purchasing rules for the food transition. The Group salutes the NGO's commitment to this fight, as dialogue and vigilance on the part of everyone allows us to identify problems and make progress.” 

DELHAIZE BELGIUM 

“Delhaize will ensure that all Jack Link’s beef jerky will be removed from all of their stores.,” said a spokesperson for Ahold Delhaize.  

SAINSBURY’S UK 

“The link between cattle farming and the destruction of ecosystems like the Amazon, the Cerrado, and the Pantanal is a complex issue, which we take extremely seriously. We have taken a range of steps together with our suppliers and the wider industry to try to address this, but not enough progress has been made. We are therefore committed to move our own brand corned beef sourcing away from Brazil to ensure Sainsbury’s corned beef product can be independently verified deforestation and conversion free in origin.” 

AUCHAN FRANCE 

“Auchan is engaged against deforestation and land clearance in Brazil and particularly in the Cerrado,” said a spokesperson for Auchan France. “In order to support this engagement Auchan works closely with Earthworm Foundation which assists retailers in the implementation of responsible procurement policy. Also, the company signed the manifesto against deforestation soybeans one year ago. Currently our quality service investigates on your information. The product is openly sold by a lot of retailers and e-business in France. Auchan couldn't be pointed as a specific seller of this product. To prevent any misunderstanding and complying with our commitments, Auchan decides to withdrawal out of shelves the product.” 

PRINCES GROUP  

“Princes has not placed a contract for corned beef from JBS since November 2020; the Princes branded corned beef sourced from JBS and identified by Mighty Earth on shelves in the UK and Netherlands will be residual sales from this last contract. 

Princes takes the issue of deforestation very seriously and continually engages with suppliers to improve supply chain management, mitigate risks and enhance transparency. We have been reviewing our corned beef supply chain and are developing a new sourcing policy for Brazilian material taking into account a wide range of factors including traceability, risk, cost, quality, customer feedback, the management of indirect suppliers and a commitment to zero deforestation” 

We commenced this review of Brazilian beef sourcing in mid-2021 and our updated policy will be publicly available on our website in 2022 once we have formally adopted it and communicated to suppliers. Princes does not comment on commercial relationships with customers or suppliers. Our updated sourcing policy will be discussed with Brazilian corned beef suppliers but we will not make a public comment on commercial trading relationships.” 

Check out Mighty Earth’s briefings on Ahold Delhaize, Carrefour, Lidl Netherlands and Sainsbury’s here

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CONTACT: 
Joel Finkelstein 

202.285.0113 | [email protected] 


BREAKTHROUGH: Supermarkets Pledge to Cease Purchases Tied to Deforestation

Major Breakthrough in Meat Sustainability as Supermarkets Pledge to Cease Purchases Tied to Deforestation

As the world’s eyes look to Glasgow for climate action, huge change may be coming right in the meat aisle. Leading British and European supermarket chains representing more than 50,000 supermarkets around the world earlier this month sent a clear and unprecedented message to the meat companies responsible for enormous deforestation: change the way you do business, or you’re cut off.

The companies pledged not to purchase meat or dairy raised on soy animal feed sold by companies connected to deforestation that occurred after August, 2020. Europe imports typically imports more than 30 million metric tons of soybeans and soymeal every year, primarily for animal feed. This soy has caused more deforestation than any other commodity imported into the EU and UK from 2005-2017.

The supermarket chains that are part of the commitment are members of the Retail Soy Group - Aldi South, Aldi Nord, Ahold Delhaize, Coop, ASDA, Waitrose, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Migros, and Woolworth’s. These chains also are looking at ways to reduce consumption of meat altogether by increasing sales of plant-based and other sustainable proteins.

Now the question becomes whether this coalition of some of the world’s largest retailers will actually implement this commitment, or try to pull a bait and switch on their customers.

What Happened

On October 5th, the Retail Soy Group laid out a new industry road map to stop industrial deforestation driven by growing soy for animal feed. The Group represents major commercial chains like Ahold Delhaize, Aldi South, Aldi North, Asda, Co-op (UK and Switzerland), Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Migros, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose & Partners – which taken together operate nearly 50,000 supermarkets, provide jobs for hundreds of thousands of employees, and bring in revenue worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

This commitment is the first of its kind at this scale, and could be a huge deal for forests and for the planet. That’s because enormous swaths of land in Latin America are destroyed to grow the soybeans used to feed chickens, pigs and cows.

70 percent of this destruction is concentrated in just one critical biome – the Cerrado in Brazil – which holds some 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity and some 13.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide in its immense root system. Half of the Cerrado – an area the size of France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands combined – has already been destroyed.

The Commitment Say the Right Things:

Right now the roadmap is just words on paper, but they’re the right words. Specifically, it says that:

  • Retailers will cut-off agribusiness traders from lucrative markets within 14 months if they continue to buy animal feed from deforesters. Until now, traders like Cargill and Bunge have refused to agree to dicscontinue traders engaged in deforestation – but 50,000 supermarkets speak loudly.
  • Retailers will impose a cut-off date of August 2020 after which they will not accept embedded soy from either legal or illegal conversation of native ecosystems. And, they will cascade these requirements to their direct and indirect suppliers while imposing clauses in supplier contracts.
  • Retailers will apply these stipulations at the group level, which means suppliers won’t be able to sell ‘clean supply’ in one part of their supply chain while continuing to support deforestation in another.
  • Retailers will create strategies that acknowledge reducing dependence on soy means finding pathways to alternative proteins, meat reduction and non-soy animal feed.
  • Critically, the road map finally turns its back on achieving deforestation-free supply chains through certification, credits or offsets– no deforestation means no deforestation.

But Does it Matter?

If the commitments are actually implemented, and if they’re more than just words on paper. We think three tests will tell the tale:

  • First: Will supermarket companies embed these principles and stipulations in supplier contracts? Up to now, asking nicely has proven futile – last year, over 160 retailers wrote a letter to large traders in Brazil asking them to accept the principle of a cut-off date and transparency, but the traders defied them. Instead, we need commercial action – backed up by robust monitoring and evaluation – to actually force change by rewarding clean suppliers at a group level and sanctioning others until they clean up, too. These kind of efforts have been so successful that deforestation for palm oil has been reduced more than 90% in Southeast Asia.
  • Second: How seriously will supermarket companies handle non-compliance? The roadmap acknowledges the need for commercial penalties, hut also stipulates that buyers should engage and support the supplier to come up with a time-bound plan to address the problem. This sounds solutions-oriented, but in fact our experience shows that companies can become trapped in an endless cycle of engagement over non-compliance that doesn’t bring real change. The Retail Soy Group members need to be crystal clear that non-compliance with the cut-off date, transparency and group-level responsibility principles will result in commercial consequences – such as suspension of contracts or dropping of volumes. This too is easier if these stipulations are written right into the contracts.
  • Third: Will supermarket companies get serious about alternative proteins? Less meat consumption reduces demand for industrial animal feed and therefore reduces pressure on land. Any genuine strategy from retailers which aims to end deforestation must include offering consumers better choices. That can include giving more shelf space to vegetables, fruit and plant proteins and setting meat and dairy reduction targets, and increasing the share of plant-based food in the average shopping basket.

Mighty Earth will be watching closely and applying these three tests as the Retail Soy Group moves forward with its roadmap. If taken seriously, this could mark a transformative moment for global agribusiness – and global forests.


Read our letter to the European Commission: EU anti-deforestation regulation would largely fail to address deforestation in Brazil

Download the full letter.

Mighty Earth, together with our friends and partners at Canopeé, Reporter Brasil, Earthsight, Rainforest Foundation Norway, the Environmental Investigation Agency, and Fern have written to the European Commission demanding changes to the proposed anti-deforestation supply chain regulation. It currently has big loopholes that would allow deforested cattle and beef products to still enter the European market.

Leaked drafts of the Commission’s regulatory proposal indicate that the EU law will fail to address cattle-driven deforestation by leaving out leather and processed beef - the strongest links between European consumption and deforestation in Brazil. Europe imports as much processed beef as fresh beef. In addition, savannahs like the Brazilian Cerrado are also out of the scope of the regulation, even if all the most deforestation associated with the soy imported into the EU comes from those ecosystems. Soy to feed chickens, pigs and cows has caused more deforestation than any other commodity imported into the EU between 2005 and 2017, even more than palm oil. Around 70% of this destruction was concentrated in one critical biome, Brazil’s Cerrado.

"Nico Muzi, Europe Director of Mighty Earth, said: "It's nonsense for the EU anti-deforestation law to allow Brazil, the country that experienced the highest deforestation rate in the world in 2020, to keep exporting beef and soy resulting from deforestation. If Vice President Timmermans is serious about protecting Europeans from fuelling forest destruction, he should make sure the upcoming EU law covers processed beef, leather and natural ecosystems like savannahs and wetlands."


Tesco's meat problem

Tesco's meat problem

Britain’s largest supermarket chain, Tesco sells a lot of meat – hundreds of millions of chickens a year alone. Three weeks ago, Tesco produced a new set of requirements for its meat suppliers to try and address the massive environmental consequences of those meat sales, starting with the soy-based animal feed used to fatten chicken, pigs and cows for its own-brand meat and dairy offer.

The long overdue update has been produced following campaign efforts from Mighty Earth and Greenpeace UK – with consumers calling on the company to drop the worst forest destroyers in its supply chain.

Meat has outsized environmental consequences. Raising meat produces more climate pollution, fouls more drinking water, and requires more land for livestock and feed globally than all other food crops combined - for a fraction of the nutritional value.

But the single most acute environmental consequence is the bulldozing and burning of millions of acres of rainforest and other ecosystems to make way for industrial animal feed plantations and cattle ranches.

There has been more land in the Amazon and Cerrado Biomes of Brazil bulldozed for soy plantations than the entire land mass of Israel or Slovenia in just 11 years.

Unless companies like Tesco take strict action, it could get worse very quickly: proposed legislation in front of the Brazilian legislature, which if passed, puts at least 19.6 million hectares of public land in the Amazon at risk from large agribusiness companies trying to grab land to make more industrial feed and meat.

Within this context, the new requirements for Tesco meat suppliers sourcing from South America to have a strict no-deforestation, no-conversion and no-human rights abuse policy – based on a ‘cut-off date’, a biome-wide agreement and improved transparency in sourcing represents an improvement over the status quo.

However, unless the details are strengthened, Tesco shoppers will still be eating chicken and pork connected to the destruction of the rainforest and tropical savannah in Brazil for some time.

Supplier impunity on deforestation 

Tesco’s policy, in essence, allows agribusinesses that supply animal feed to continue driving deforestation with impunity while supplying the company. In particular:

  • Tesco fails to spell out how or when it will suspend meat suppliers sourcing soy animal feed from companies that drive the destruction of the Amazon and the Cerrado in Brazil, nor how they will exclude traders from their supply chain complicit in deforestation. For example, even with a recent policy commitment to zero deforestation, US agribusiness behemoth Cargill will accept or condone deforestation in its supply chain until at least 2030 – giving industrial meat interests nine years to bulldoze as much land as possible.
  • The scheme allows suppliers to purchase ‘mass balance’ credits or certificates if they are unable to prove that their soy is either from deforestation-free areas or from a ‘gold standard’ certified source of supply. This discredited approach is a ‘get out of jail free’ card because it could inadvertently support deforestation by allowing Tesco suppliers like Cargill to buy soy from recently destroyed forests and savannahs, and then buy credits from land that was cleared some time ago. This type of approach has also been criticised for lacking transparency and undermining traceability.
  • Finally, while the policy pays lip service to the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFI), it fails to advance the principle of ‘group level accountability’ for deforestation into practice. The AFI is currently advancing guidance that bestows responsibility on traders for land conversion that happens on any farms owned by the farmers supplying them, rather than just the farms directly in their supply chain. At present, the Tesco policy allows traders such as Cargill to sell Tesco suppliers certified no-deforestation animal feed, while continuing to buy from farmers that are razing forests in other parts of its supply chain.

A tangible way forward

We have seen whole industries change when they enforce robust policies on suppliers engaged in deforestation, pollution, or human rights abuse.

Many consumer facing companies have adopted strict policies on palm oil, for instance, that simply required suppliers not to engage in deforestation, with no excuses, no credits, and no greenwashing. Those policies were a key driver of a massive environmental success: deforestation for palm oil is down more than 90%.

Until Tesco and other companies adopt similarly strong policies and cut ties with supplier companies that are driving the destruction of Brazil’s forests – such as JBS, Cargill and Bunge, its meat is still going to be driving environmental destruction on an enormous scale.

These policies are simple, clear and affordable: to comply, all producers must do is produce meat and beef on the 1.6 billion acres of previously deforested land instead of expanding on the agricultural frontier.

That should just be the easy first step, instead of something we must fight for. But if Tesco is going to provide truly sustainable protein, it needs to go further:

  1. Help shift consumers to sustainable, plant-based diets. As a leading retailer in the UK, Tesco has a role to play in influencing consumer behaviour towards these diets which begin to tackle the demand-drivers of deforestation.
  2. Support strong forest protections in producer countries, while promoting the use of existing agricultural or degraded land for soy production. Advocacy by Tesco and other supermarkets when forest laws are under threat can help in this regard, as can cutting commercial links with suppliers that support deregulation of forest protections.
  1. Work with others to ensure full transparency and traceability in meat from farm to product; ensure that all soy entering the market is from ‘clean’ suppliers and move forward the principle of ‘group-level responsibility’ for deforestation - meaning that companies cannot deforest in some parts of their operation while selling ‘sustainable soy’ simultaneously to other parts of the market.

While Tesco shows positive intent through its new policy, action in these three areas would prove that the company is serious in tackling the drivers of deforestation, rather than allowing its suppliers to cut down forests on one hand, while reaping the benefits of sustainability certification and credits on the other.


ALERTE INCENDIE À BNP PARIBAS: DES MILITANTS DÉNONCENT LE SOUTIEN DE LA BANQUE AUX ENTREPRISES RESPONSABLES DE DÉFORESTATION

ALERTE INCENDIE À BNP PARIBAS: DES MILITANTS DÉNONCENT LE SOUTIEN DE LA BANQUE AUX ENTREPRISES RESPONSABLES DE DÉFORESTATION

Paris, 17 juin 2021 - Ce matin, une dizaine de militants de l’ONG Canopée se sont rendus dans l’agence BNP Paribas du boulevard Sébastopol à Paris où ils ont déclenché une alarme incendie afin d’alerter sur la responsabilité de la banque dans les feux de forêts au Brésil. (voir video ici).

Cette action fait suite à plusieurs alertes restées sans réponse satisfaisante malgré l’urgence :

  • BNP Paribas a accordé près de 200 millions de dollars de financements liés au risque de déforestation à Cargill et Bunge entre 2015 et 2020 (1).
  • Plus de 60 000 hectares de forêts et d’écosystèmes ont été détruits par chacune de ces deux entreprises en 2019 et 2020 pour cultiver du soja au Brésil (2).
  • BNP Paribas n’a pris aucune mesure concrète et urgente pour couper ses liens avec ces entreprises. En février 2021, BNP a annoncé un objectif vague, et sans plan d’action concret, pour mettre fin à ses soutiens à la déforestation à l’horizon 2025 (3).
  • En mai 2021, la déforestation en Amazonie a augmenté de 41% par rapport à mai 2020. Un nouveau niveau record qui augure du pire pour la saison des incendies qui commence (4).

“C’est parce que BNP Paribas ne semble pas comprendre l’urgence à agir que nous venons tirer la sonnette d’alarme. S’il y avait vraiment le feu dans les agences, est-ce que la banque attendrait 2025 pour éteindre l’incendie?” explique Klervi Le Guenic, chargée de campagne chez Canopée.

BNP fait la sourde oreille. La banque est soumise à la loi sur le devoir de vigilance mais n’a toujours pas intégré des mesures pour réduire son exposition au risque de financer des entreprises dans la déforestation.” ajoute Sylvain Angerand, coordinateur des campagnes chez Canopée.

Près de 140 000 personnes se sont mobilisées pour demander à BNP d’arrêter de financer la déforestation (5). Si dans ses déclarations la banque promeut de grands engagements, ses réponses concrètes ne font en réalité preuve d’aucune ambition. Nous espérons que cette fois-ci, BNP saura user de son leadership à bon escient et renforcer sa politique pour enfin être à la hauteur de l’enjeu.” ajoute Leyla Larbi, chargée de campagne chez SumOfUs.

“BNP Paribas est le premier financeur au monde des activités à risque de déforestation des plus grands traders de soja du Brésil, Cargill et Bunge. Son virage est donc fondamental, mais ne doit être qu’un premier pas vers une transformation nécessaire du secteur financier, qui leur a accordé plus de 2 milliards d’euros entre 2015 et 2020” (6), conclut Nico Muzi, directeur européen chez Mighty Earth.

Contact presse:

Leyla Larbi, Chargée de campagnes, SumOfUs, +33 750 960 130
Klervi Le Guenic, Chargée de campagnes, Canopée, +33 7 52 64 08 54
Nico Muzi, Directeur Européen, Mighty Earth, +32 484 27 87 91

Notes
(1)https://forestsandfinance.org
(2)https://www.mightyearth.org/wp-content/uploads/Mighty-Earth-tracker-update-FRENCH-V2.pdf
(3)https://www.canopee-asso.org/bnp-paribas-donne-5-ans-de-sursis-a-la-deforestation-liee-au-soja/
(4)https://www.oc.eco.br/en/novo-recorde-em-alertas-mostra-que-crime-ditara-taxa-de-desmate/
(5) https://actions.sumofus.org/a/bnp-paribas-stop-a-la-deforestation
(6)https://forestsandfinance.org/


Major Supermarkets in France Commit to Fighting Soy-Driven Deforestation: Our Reaction

Major Supermarkets in France Commit to Fighting Soy-Driven Deforestation: Our Reaction

November 18, 2020

Almost all supermarkets in France – Carrefour, Casino, Auchan, Lidl, Metro, Système U, Mousquetaires and Leclerc – have announced measures to end the use of soy produced on deforested land today. While we welcome this important step, it is insufficient unless the government ensures these commitments are fulfilled and tightens up the rules that apply to all economic players in the supply chain.

To mark two years of the National Strategy to fight Imported Deforestation (Stratégie Nationale de lutte contre la Déforestation Importée, SNDI), seven large retailers have just announced that they are going to include non-deforestation clauses for soy in their suppliers’ contractual conditions. In particular, the supermarkets are demanding that their suppliers stop using soy from recently deforested land in the Cerrado, which is the main region in Brazil being deforested for soy production.

Every year, France imports more than two million tonnes of soy from Brazil for animal feed (poultry, pork, dairy products). Soy consumption in France is responsible for the worst impacts on forests and native ecosystems.

The supermarkets’ announcement is significant but not sufficient, explains Klervi Le Guenic, Canopée’s campaign officer: “The supermarkets’ manifesto sends a very strong market signal, but to go beyond mere words, this voluntary measure needs to be rapidly transformed into consistent action plans. Lidl, Système U and Auchan have already done this; the others now need to pick up on this positive dynamic. We will publish an analysis of the supermarkets’ different commitments soon.

According to Etelle Higonnet, senior campaign director with Mighty Earth: “French supermarkets are finally listening to their customers’ concerns and leading an industry-wide effort to clean up the entire French soy supply chain¹. But a few key companies failed thus far to join the Manifesto. The elephants in the room are soy traders Cargill and Bunge, who have the power to stop importing deforestation-tainted soy. We’re also waiting for soy traders like COFCO and Louis Dreyfus to join, as their deforestation footprint is much lower than Cargill’s and Bunge. If they don’t, French companies should suspend contracts with them as soon as January 1st 2021.”

We are calling on all soy traders, and all businesses that use soy for animal feed, meat and dairy production including restaurants and food companies to sign the manifesto.

A fundamental condition for success is that the government seize these corporate commitments to strengthen the due diligence obligations for all companies. In September 2020, Canopée published a report under the auspices of the Scientific and Technical Council about putting an end to imports of soya that entailed a risk of deforestation². The manifesto we have signed today represents a continuation of this work and a demand for it to be implemented faster, as Sylvain Angerand, co-author of the report, explains: “It has become clear that the national strategy to fight imported deforestation has reached an impasse, due to a lack of resources, significant political trade-offs and over-reliance on voluntary commitments. This manifesto puts the ball firmly in the government’s court: the technical solutions exist, and stakeholders are ready to commit. What is needed now is to build on this dynamic to create a stricter framework for all businesses, particularly those that are subject to the law of due diligence but have not adopted any serious measures whatsoever to fight imported deforestation.”

¹More than 9 out of 10 French people support strong, specific action to fight deforestation. https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/v3p20mpf8i/YG-Archive-030519-FernDeforestationAllMarkets065.pdf
²https://www.canopee-asso.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Rapport-SOJA_09-2020-1.pdf


International Day of Action for the Amazon: Global Community Sets Stage for Climate Week

Today, concerned citizens across six continents – from Hong Kong to Washington and Paris to Pretoria – will take action for the Amazon by protesting the ongoing fires and deforestation. In a show of international solidarity with indigenous leaders, activists around the world are standing up to President Jair Bolsonaro's reckless policies and the international corporations profiting off environmental destruction.

The burning of the Amazon and the darkening of skies have captured the world’s conscience. But while much of the blame for the fires has rightly fallen on President Bolsonaro for directly encouraging the burning of forests and the seizure of Indigenous Peoples’ lands, the incentive for the destruction comes from large-scale international meat and soy animal feed companies like JBS, Marfrig, and Cargill, according to a recent Mighty Earth report.

Additional research from media and advocacy organizations has helped identify a group of 12 companies responsible for the ongoing deforestation and destruction in the Amazon. This “Dirty Dozen” covers the financing of projects causing deforestation, the traders who help create the market for commodities like soy and beef that are linked to deforestation, and the retailers who sell the resulting products to unsuspecting consumers.

As part of the International Day of Action, Mighty Earth and nearly 100 allied groups – including Amazon Watch, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network, Extinction Rebellion, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Earth, SumOfUs, Center for Biological Diversity, Endangered Species Coalition, Canopée, Rettet den Regenwald, Danmarks Naturfredningsforening, International Accountability Project, Native Forest Council, Humane League, and others – have sent letters to the CEOs of these 12 companies outlining the steps they must take to end their role in incentivizing destruction of the Amazon and other fragile ecosystems.

Read the letters to Big Finance and Mega Retailers here.

Today’s actions also set the stage for Climate Week in New York City (September 23-29).

“Companies like Cargill, Ahold Delhaize, and others have previously used Climate Week as an opportunity for splashy announcements and feel-good pledges,” Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz said. “But after years of failing to deliver on these promises, their words ring hollow. This Climate Week will mark five years since the signing of the New York Declaration on Forests, and one year left until their original 2020 deadline. The Amazon is on fire, the climate crisis is worsening, and the world cannot afford dithering and excuses any longer. These companies must take decisive action now.”

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