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Comment on Global Food & Biofuel Price Shocks

Indonesia sent shockwaves through the global markets for both food and fuel by banning exports of palm oil on April 28th. Those markets had already been roiled by Russia’s attack on Ukraine, a key producer of sunflower oil, as Mighty Earth Founder & CEO Glenn Hurowitz recently discussed with the BBC, and Indonesia’s move is widely viewed as a desperation move to calm political unrest fueled by rising domestic palm oil prices.

“For Indonesia, the sudden shortage – and high cost – of cooking palm oil is a classic example of a resource curse, as our economy depends too much on a single export commodity, giving far too much power to corporate palm oil exporters,” said Annisa Rahmawati, Senior Advisor at Mighty Earth. “Indonesia’s government should focus on supporting small farmers, helping the people who meet local needs rather than leaving our families vulnerable to marketand corruption crises.”

Many world governments looking to quit Russian oil & gas have looked to biofuels to increase supplies. But that’s only increased competition for food oil and pushed cooking oil prices higher

“Big shocks like this expose how our governmental policies have totally failed to build resilience into our agricultural systems, leaving them brittle and unable to respond to crisis. These failures are now cascading down our supply chains and as a direct result, we see families from Southeast Asia to the Americas to Europe suffering from cooking oil and fuel shortages and price spikes,” said Mighty Earth’s Glenn Hurowitz. “The tragedy is that the entirety of the food price spikes from Russia’s war in Ukraine could be counteracted just by cutting in half biofuel mandates. It doesn’t make sense to keep burning food for fuel during this crisis."

Mighty Earth and its partners hosted a media briefing to talk about the impact of Indonesia’s refined palm oil export ban, as well as global bioenergy mandates. 

Speakers included:

Moderated by Glenn Hurowitz, Mighty Earth Founder and CEO

Media Contact: Miles Grant, [email protected], 703-864-9599 (m)


Unpacking Deforestation and Climate Change within Chocolate Scorecard 

Dr Stephanie Perkiss 

Stephanie Perkiss is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Wollongong and explores social and environmental accounting and accountability in her research. 

This blog post is one of a series linked to the publication of the 2022 Chocolate Scorecard company sustainability rankings. To view the 2022 Chocolate Scorecard please go to https://beslaveryfree.com/chocolate 

When biting into a crunchy chocolate candy, many consumers don’t realise where the cocoa ingredients in their favourite treats come from, nor the costs that their production can have for nature and the climate.  

West Africa produces 75% of the world’s cocoa, with Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana producing the lion’s share. In the last 60 years, these two African countries have lost around 94% and 80% of their forests respectively, with approximately one-third of that forest loss to make way for growing cocoa. Research published by Mighty Earth revealed that, in the period between January 2019 and January 2022 alone, Côte d’Ivoire lost 19,421 hectares (194.21 km2) of forest within cocoa-growing regions, while Ghana lost 39,497 hectares (394.97 km2)  in cocoa regions. This amounts to a combined area equivalent to the size of the cities of Madrid, Seoul, or Chicago.  

Many of the remaining tropical forests under threat in these two countries are within legally protected areas, providing critical habitat to endangered species like chimpanzees and pygmy hippos. They also contain vast stores of carbon, which if released could exacerbate global climate change. Forests absorb carbon, and when they die, they release carbon and no longer serve as a sink.  

Amongst other indicators, the 2022 Chocolate Scorecard focuses on the extent to which individual companies are taking concrete steps to ensure that forests are not being cut down to provide them with cocoa. We analysed the responses to deforestation and climate change in the following areas based on best-in-class guidance (see AFI box)  

  1. Application of no-deforestation policy to global sourcing, and percentage of cocoa purchased through a deforestation-free monitoring system;
  2. Percentage of cocoa sourced from deforested areas since 2010 when satellite monitoring systems became widely available;
  3. Percentage of cocoa sourced from actors who have been deforesting since the launch of the CFI in 2017;
  4. Detailed plans for how to respond to evidence of suppliers sourcing cocoa from recently deforested land; and 
  5. 5. Policy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions company-wide; or using science-based targets.

Chocolate Scorecard survey results 

The highest score of the deforestation and climate change theme went to Alter Eco and Beyond Good. There were several others in the ‘green’ or top scoring category: Chocolats Halba, ECOM, Ferrero, Nestlé, and Olam. All these companies have undertaken efforts that put them at the top of the pack, relative to their peers. The lowest scores for deforestation and climate change went to Daito Cacao, Glico and Morinaga. These companies did, however, respond to the survey and have endeavoured to engage on deforestation and climate. This sets them apart from General Mills, Starbucks, and Storck who did not participate in the survey – and who appear (based on a review of their publicly available material) to be worryingly behind on many sustainability metrics including those for their cocoa when it comes to forests/climate – remain at the rock bottom.  

Grading for the deforestation and climate change theme was tough. For many questions we were looking for specific and verifiable data – usually figures and percentages with links so they can be publicly verified. While many of our companies were great at narrative accounts, some key figures were missing.  

We will start with what was done not so well: 

  • Satellite monitoring – We would like to see more companies purchasing cocoa from locations that are verified deforestation-free, using a satellite monitoring system. Even better, if companies started using the available technology that forecasts (quite accurately) where deforestation will happen, this could stop deforestation in their cocoa supply chains before it takes place. While many companies are starting to do monitoring, imagine how good it would be if all companies reached 100%, and then actually used the monitoring to curb forest destruction in their supply chains!  
  • Deforestation mapping - We gave special attention to deforestation and purchasing from the two largest cocoa producing countries, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Many companies could not provide details on cocoa they had sourced from areas deforested since 2010 (at which point, accurate and free satellite mapping of forests was easily accessible to all); or again after November 2017 (at which point Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) was signed, wherein all major companies and the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana pledged to end deforestation and start mapping). We appreciate that this data can feel confusing at first, especially if companies have only recently begun mapping. But, without mapping and understanding one’s deforestation, pledges will remain empty words.  
  • Verifiability - In the survey, we awarded points where respondents provided reference to their data/figures, which can be independently checked. In several instances, citations and URLs were not provided and grades were not given, such as for a few companies who failed to provide evidence of a time-bound plan for working with suppliers and smallholders to map farms using GPS.  
  • Transparency is important - Public transparency in relation to deforestation and climate change is important, so we have urged participating companies to keep publicly sharing their sustainability initiatives and achievements. This allows civil society to follow the old adage: trust, but verify.  

Now, onto what was done well:  

  • Monitoring systems - Most of the companies we surveyed have some form of monitoring system. However, most of these remain incomplete or even deeply flawed. For example, satellite mapping is rarely connected to an alert system that trigger field investigations in the places identified as having deforestation. It also seems almost no company is using deforestation forecasting, although this now exists for Côte d’Ivoire and for many geographies with a variety of tools. There were some standouts: Beyond Good used both satellite imagery as well as on-the-ground monitoring and went further than its peers. Beyond Good established a high-quality Deforestation Dashboard as a deforestation monitoring system.  

Source: Beyond Good’s mapping tool. 

  • Collaboration to eradicate deforestation - Many of the participating companies have joined the ‘Cocoa & Forest Initiative’ (CFI) and/or Initiatives for Sustainable Cocoa (ISCOs). ISCOs refer to public-private platforms for sustainable cocoa now existing in a number of countries including Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, France and Japan. Most ISCOs include a focus on deforestation in cocoa, and help shape collaborative efforts to eradicate deforestation from consumer countries, as CFI does in producer countries. While it is great to see a lot of companies joining CFI and ISCOs, we are finding similar themes - that there is still a lot to making these collaborative efforts truly work. Joining is only one step. Collaborating for robust group efforts to promote change, is key. Merely joining does not obviate a need for companies to continue their individual work on deforestation and climate change, nor their need to invest in conservation and restoration.  
  • Deforestation-free policies - It was great to see that most of our participants had gone beyond CFIs to embrace a global deforestation-free cocoa policy, or even a cross-commodity deforestation-free policy (for some or all regions they source from). It shows that companies in this industry are trying to take seriously the issues of deforestation and climate change in their supply chains. 
  • Public grievance systems and noncompliance policies - Most Scorecard participants have established both public grievance mechanisms, and noncompliance policies. In most cases these are not deforestation-specific, but cover the entire supply chain, including social and environmental indicators. However, full points on this front were only given when public grievance mechanisms were easily accessible and user-friendly, and where non-compliance policies establish clear consequences for deforestation, including suspension.  
  • Net-Zero carbon emission - We see major positive change with some key cocoa/chocolate companies embracing the SBTi’s Corporate Net-Zero Standard. Points were awarded for joining SBTi’s race to zero. While some of the commitments show a low-ambition target of 2050, others have better timetables focused on 2030. In future grading of deforestation and climate change, we will be looking specifically at the actions companies are taking to reach these targets and whether companies have signed up for SBTi.  

A note on CDP, which some cocoa/chocolate companies flagged. We think CDP is providing a valuable service in promoting transparency for investors and nudging companies to be more explicit with the types of data and analysis they report. However, there is uneven public access to CDP disclosures. Best practice in the cocoa space could mean that companies opt to submit forest disclosures to CDP, and also post a copy of their disclosures to their company website so it can be verified.  

A tip for next year’s Chocolate Scorecard! 

Despite progress, some companies are still at risk from sourcing cocoa associated with legal and illegal deforestation. Legislation has been proposed by the European Union to regulate deforestation in high-risk commodities such as cocoa, and similar regulation is also proposed for other jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, United States of America, New York State, the State of California, and more. It is worth noting that many chocolate companies have spoken out courageously to support due diligence and deforestation-free regulations in recent years. A public statement supporting regulation in your home country or regions where you sell chocolate will help gain you a better score in future years.  

There are many different roads that lead to better policy and action on deforestation and climate change. For example, Ferrero scored a ‘Green’ because it has now joined others in purchasing 100% certified volumes, and this comes on top of its considerable company-specific efforts around deforestation and climate. However, taking a different path, Mars scored well with only about half of its cocoa being certified, but performing far better when it comes to a serious company-wide, commodity-wide approach to slashing overall emissions with a time-bound implementation plan.  

Another pathway to points was, for example, clear criteria on what it takes to suspend a non-compliant supplier caught with deforestation problems (as opposed to wishy washy criteria or no criteria). Yet another pathway consists of rapid and largescale improvement, with the key to points being speed and scale of change. So, we tried to recognize that what is “good” in the case of deforestation and climate change can be very different. We’re agonistic so long as companies are on a meaningful road, and not a bridge to nowhere. 

Overall, we see lots of potential for continued growth in policy, monitoring, and action in relation to deforestation and climate change, but this is not a bad place to be, at least for the higher-performing companies in this category!  


Investors and supermarkets urged to drop JBS aftershock rise in its climate emissions 

The full Mighty Earth’s report on JBS titled The Boys From Brazil can be found here:
English
French
Spanish


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, new research finds.

A coalition of campaign groups – including the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), Feedback and Mighty Earth – have expressed outrage at JBS’s supersized climate emissions, which place it at odds with its own corporate emissions reduction strategy just one year on from its ‘Net-Zero by 2040’ pledge

Ahead of the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) in São Paulo tomorrow, the coalition urges JBS’s investors and customers to drop the Brazil-based company. JBS’s top investors include Brazilian development bank BNDES, asset manager BlackRock, and Barclays and Santander banks. Its major customers in the retail sector include supermarket giants Carrefour, Costco, Tesco, Walmart and Ahold Delhaize. Its customers include McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC in the fast-food sector. 

Using an UN-approved methodology, new research contained in a media brief by IATP, Feedback and investigative website DeSmog, found that JBS – which processed 26.8 million cattle, 46.7 million pigs and 4.9 billion chickens last year – increased its annual GHG emissions by 51% in five years from 280 million metric tonnes (mmts) in 2016 to around 421.6 mmts in 2021. This is more than the annual climate footprint of Italy or Spain and close to that of France (at 443 mmt) and the UK (at 453 mmt). It is approximately equivalent to fossil fuel giant Total’s 2020 emissions.

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 to hold global temperature rise to 1.5ºC. Instead, JBS’s emissions are set to jump even higher as it pursues aggressive expansion plans and seeks access to increased financing through a possible listing on an American stock exchange.

“It’s mind-blowing that JBS can continue to make climate claims to investors, even as the company massively increases its emissions,” said Shefali Sharma, Europe director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, which estimated in 2018 that JBS’s emissions were roughly half that of oil majors such as BP, Shell or ExxonMobil. “Our updated emissions estimates show clearly the harm being done by empty net-zero announcements. This greenwash shouldn't fool investors gathering at today's AGM. We need public, independent and accountable systems for monitoring these companies’ emissions. Governments need to step up and regulate these companies and support a transition out of this destructive model of industrial livestock production.”

With operations in 20 countries ranging from Brazil to the US and record annual revenues of $76 billion, JBS last year promised to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040. However, its net-zero plans provide little detail and have been panned by campaigners for omitting so-called ‘Scope 3’ emissions, representing up to 97% of JBS’s contribution to climate change. Scope 3 emissions encompass pollution from its entire supply chain: potent greenhouse gases such as methane emitted from livestock, as well as emissions from deforestation, forest fires, and land conversion, plus the production of animal feed, enteric fermentation, and the use of agrochemicals.

Carina Millstone, Executive Director of campaign group Feedback, said: “It's high time that banks and investors, many of whom have adopted their own 'net-zero’ targets and committed to ending deforestation, ceased to bankroll climate chaos and the destruction of nature, by pulling the plug on their financial backing to toxic JBS and its subsidiaries.”

Hazel Healy, UK Editor of climate investigative news outlet DeSmog, said: “JBS is using the same greenwashing tactics employed by oil and gas majors for decades. It presents itself as a company with genuine climate ambition but fails to disclose its full emissions so they can be compared with the company’s public communications. And as this research shows, JBS’s emissions are increasing substantially, not decreasing.”

Launched alongside IATP’s JBS emissions revelations, a new report about the company by Mighty Earth – called The Boys From Brazil – highlights how JBS used corruption and massive government subsidies to finance the enormous international growth into the climate super-polluter category in which it finds itself today. 

The 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 scandal-hit JBS has repeatedly broken its promises to stamp out deforestation in the Amazon or conserve other key ecosystems such as the Cerrado and the Pantanal. It also chronicles a long history of links to elite bribery, price-fixing, invasion of Indigenous lands, worker exploitation, modern-day slavery, and environmental pollution.

“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. “No company that buys meat from JBS can claim to be serious about climate change. JBS could easily implement systems that would end its links to deforestation and radically reduce its methane pollution. The fact that a single meat company can cause more pollution than an entire G7 member country should be a wake-up call that we need a massive scale-up of plant-based and cultivated protein, and we need it now.”

Contact:

  • Shefali Sharma, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), [email protected], Tel: +49 177 146 9613; Ben Lilliston, IATP in the US, Tel: +1 612 870-0453 x3416
  • Natasha Hurley, Feedback, [email protected], Tel: +44 7585 663648
  • Rich Collett-White, DeSmog, [email protected], Tel: +44 7805 887695
  • Alex Wijeratna, Mighty Earth, [email protected] + 44 01753 370 823

Notes for editors:

  1. The full DeSmog, IATP and Feedback joint media briefing on JBS’s emissions and climate greenwash:
    https://feedbackglobal.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/JBS-media-briefing-20april_embargoed.pdf
  2. Mighty Earth’s new report on JBS titled The Boys From Brazil can be found here:
    https://www.mightyearth.org/wp-content/uploads/JBS-report-V11-1.pdf
  3. Mighty Earth's new report can also be found in French and Spanish.

 


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 

Press Release

The full Mighty Earth’s report on JBS titled The Boys From Brazil can be found here:
English
French
Spanish


 
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


Senior Director, Decarbonization Campaign

Senior Director – Decarbonization Campaign

Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, seeks applications for a Senior Director to lead a large climate campaign focused on decarbonizing industry, with an initial focus on the automobile sector. Pollution from heavy industry (including aluminium, steel, cement, chemicals, and plastics) accounts for a quarter of total global greenhouse gas emissions but has received relatively little attention. The campaign seeks to drive change primarily by focusing on leading private sector companies that can drive a rapid shift to zero-carbon production.

Who we are:
Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. We are obsessed with impact: Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish.

Through our proven “perfect storm” model of driving change, we have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to act against deforestation, land-grabbing, human rights abuse, and driven the adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. We work to support Indigenous communities, communities of color, and low-income communities through these efforts. We aspire to be the most effective environmental organization in the world.

Read more about our approach and our campaign in the following resources.

Fomenting a “Perfect Storm” to push companies to change (Mongabay).
How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction (Yale Environment 360)
Cold Steel, Hot Climate (Mighty Earth Report)

Background on the Position:

The Senior Director will run a campaign focused on decarbonizing major industrial sources of climate pollution, with an initial focus on decarbonizing materials such as aluminium, steel, leather, and rubber within the auto industry. The position involves being a public leader on the issue and marshalling a multi-faceted campaign to secure decarbonization commitments.

 Your responsibilities will include:

  • Running a US-focused global campaign involving staff, consultants, and volunteers.
  • Developing and implementing effective strategies and plans to achieve campaign goals.
  • Integrating the campaign’s advocacy, communications, digital, field, and grassroots work.
  • Engaging with CEOs, senior executives, and high-level government officials to advance complementary government policy and action.
  • Working with leaders and organizations working on this issue and developing a coalition of partners.
  • Working with our media team, develop and execute a strategic communications plan including media, digital, and events.
  • Advising donors.
  • Engaging with funders and board members, reporting and tracking updates around campaign progress and budgets.

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You are passionate about driving climate action.
  • You have experience developing and implementing campaign strategies and detailed plans, communicating with corporate executives and/or elected officials, and figuring out how to move decision-makers. You are comfortable with both the inside and outside game and understand the interplay between the two. 
  • You are comfortable operating in highly dynamic environments where changes in external factors like politics and economics create opportunities and challenges regularly.
  • You are comfortable working with various internal and external stakeholders and can network and build coalitions across diverse constituencies.
  • You are a good writer and can take complex information to distil it into understandable products such as press releases, reports, and letters.
  • You have experience with and are committed to advancing a more just society by working with people from various backgrounds, including different ethnic, racial, and religious communities. 
  • English fluency is required. 

Preferred qualifications:

  • You have 8 years of experience, ideally with a background in successful issue advocacy campaigning or grassroots organizing. You have experience recruiting, training, and managing staff. 
  • Experience in corporate campaigning or influencing company executives
  • Expertise in climate and energy issues is a plus but not required
  • Experience in or familiarity with auto and other industries a plus
  • Additional language skills

Successful candidates will have 8+ years of experience in campaign management, grassroots organizing, and a range of tactical execution experience (media relations, social media, etc.). Backgrounds in corporate accountability and environmental/clean energy issues are preferred. 

More about our team: 
Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds with unique experience levels, including people from non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices. We have staff and consultants based in countries across the globe who bring cultural diversity and varied perspectives. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Approach and Culture:

Consistent with our obsession with impact, Mighty Earth is results-focused, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and nimble – and we seek candidates who are excited to work in that culture. While remaining true to our public interest mission and commitment to movement-building, we’ve sought to apply the best of business to our organization. A resource that has informed our approach to culture is the book No Rules Rules and the famous Netflix culture deck.

Details: 
This is a full-time position with a preference for candidates based in Washington, DC or Michigan. We are open to candidates based in other U.S. locations. The position requires some travel.

Interview process: 
Our interview process involves a phone interview, two video interviews, a candidate exercise, and reference calls for candidates advancing in our process.

Compensation and benefits: 
The hiring salary range for this position is $96K – $127K, depending on experience. We have a generous benefits package, including group health insurance, dental benefits, unlimited vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.

To apply: 
Please click on the “Apply” button below to submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter that demonstrates your writing abilities, and please tell us how you learned about the job. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the position will remain posted on our website until it is filled. 

If you need reasonable accommodations in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise taking part in the employee selection process, please contact Aliya at [email protected]. Applications should be sent through our application link and not sent to this email.

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant based on race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, and other characteristics protected by law. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and other historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Communiqué de presse: Travail des enfants? Empoisonnement aux pesticides? Dans quelle mesure votre chocolat de Pâques est-il éthique?

Ce communiqué de presse est interdit à la diffusion jusqu'au 7 avril, 12:01 temps de l’Est (GMT – 4)

Le rapport complet peut être consulté au lien : en Français
Méthodologie: en Anglais

Contact : Miles Grant, [email protected], (+1) 703-864-9599 (m)

L’évaluation du chocolat de Pâques 2022 classe Starbucks parmi les "œufs cassés"

La coalition encourage l'industrie à rompre tous liens entre produits chocolatés, déforestation, travail des enfants et dégradation de l'environnement.

7 avril 2022 - Que contient réellement notre chocolat de Pâques ? Une coalition mondiale de défenseurs de l'environnement et de la justice sociale publie aujourd'hui The Chocolate Scorecard ou évaluation du chocolat, une enquête annuelle qui examine les progrès, ou l'absence de progrès, de l'industrie du chocolat dans la résolution des problèmes sociaux et environnementaux découlant des pratiques de l'industrie du cacao et des produits chocolatés qu'elle vend. La coalition de 29 membres est composée, entre autres, de Be Slavery Free, Mighty Earth et National Wildlife Federation.

L’évaluation du chocolat se concentre sur les chaînes de production et d'approvisionnement qui commencent en Afrique de l'Ouest, où environ 75 % du cacao mondial est produit. Si de nombreux acteurs du secteur relèvent le défi, d’autres, en revanche, continuent d'ignorer l’exigence des consommateurs d’avoir un chocolat exempt de travail des enfants, de pauvreté et de déforestation. Starbucks, General Mills et Storck ont reçu l'"œuf cassé" pour leur refus de fournir des informations pour les besoins de l’évaluation.

"Il est décevant de voir des entreprises comme Starbucks, qui prétendent être leader en matière de durabilité et de lutte contre la crise climatique, refuser de répondre à des questions directes sur leurs performances en matière de durabilité du cacao. Il est inadmissible que, à une époque de transparence croissante, Starbucks refuse d'être franc avec ses clients", déclare Glenn Hurowitz, fondateur et PDG de Mighty Earth. Et il poursuit : "Mighty Earth continuera à exiger la transparence et une véritable durabilité de la chaîne d'approvisionnement, tant pour notre climat que pour les communautés locales qui produisent ces matières premières essentielles."

Storck a reçu l'"Œuf pourri" pour la pire note globale, les chercheurs relevant le manque de transparence des politiques et pratiques dans sa chaîne d'approvisionnement en cacao, ainsi qu’à la lumière des plaintes de la société civile concernant l'entreprise.

Cette année, Ferrero rejoint la liste des bons œufs ("Good Eggs") qui comporte également Hershey's, Unilever et Ritter, dont le cacao est certifié à près de 100 % par Rainforest Alliance ou Fairtrade.

"Bien que la certification ne soit pas parfaite, elle constitue souvent une première étape positive dans le parcours de durabilité d'une entreprise", a déclaré Fuzz Kitto, de Be Slavery Free, l'organisation caritative basée en Australie qui a coordonné l’évaluation du chocolat 2022. "Si les entreprises progressent dans l'amélioration de la durabilité de leurs chaînes d'approvisionnement en chocolat, nous, leurs clients et leurs investisseurs, aimerions en être informés."

Les mentions spéciales pour le leadership sont attribuées à :

  • Alter Eco, Tony's Chocolonely et Whittaker's pour avoir continué à être parmi les meilleurs de leur catégorie.
  • Nestlé pour avoir pris d'importantes mesures en matière d'innovation afin d'améliorer le revenu des agriculteurs grâce à des paiements supplémentaires et pour s'être engagée à planter 2,8 millions d'arbres d'ombrage d'ici à la fin 2022.
  • Ferrero pour avoir rejoint d'autres entreprises dont le cacao est en grande majorité certifié, comme Hershey's, Unilever, Fazer et quelques autres.

Le tableau d’évaluation du chocolat est une mesure de responsabilité qui évalue les entreprises sur les six questions de durabilité les plus urgentes auxquelles est confrontée l'industrie du chocolat : la diligence raisonnable en matière de droits de l'homme, la transparence et la traçabilité, la déforestation et le changement climatique, l'agroforesterie, les politiques de revenu de subsistance et le travail des enfants. Alors que les chrétiens du monde entier célèbrent Pâques en dégustant des produits chocolatés, la coalition invite les consommateurs à utiliser le tableau de bord pour effectuer des achats plus intelligents et plus durables qui récompensent le bon comportement des entreprises plutôt que de renforcer les pratiques irresponsables.

Une précédente analyse des données (data analysis) de Mighty Earth a révélé que, plus de quatre ans après le lancement très médiatisé de l'Initiative Cacao et Forêts (CFI), les principales nations africaines productrices de cacao continuent de voir d'énormes zones de forêts précieuses détruites en Afrique de l'Ouest pour faire place à la production de cacao. La perte de ces précieuses forêts est souvent motivée par le fait que les petits exploitants locaux ne tirent pas de revenu suffisant de leur cacao, ce qui les oblige à pratiquer une agriculture extensive.

"Le temps des petits projets de compagnie est révolu et nous commençons maintenant à voir de nombreuses entreprises prendre des engagements majeurs pour lutter contre la pauvreté des agriculteurs et améliorer les moyens de subsistance des cacaoculteurs", soutient Sam Mawutor, du College of Earth Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences de l'Oregon State University. "Au minimum, cela montre que les marques de chocolat sont conscientes de ce problème, ce qui est un progrès. Cependant, étant donné que la pauvreté des ménages d'agriculteurs entraîne le travail des enfants, l'utilisation de produits chimiques et la conversion des forêts, il est nécessaire que les entreprises améliorent leur collaboration pour la mise en œuvre de solutions coordonnées à large échelle."

À propos de Mighty Earth

Mighty Earth (www.mightyearth.org) est une organisation mondiale de défense d'une planète vivante.  Notre objectif est de conserver la moitié de la Terre pour la nature et de garantir un climat propice à la vie.  Nous sommes résolument engagés à l’obtention d'impact et aspirons à être l'organisation de défense de l'environnement la plus efficace au monde. Notre équipe a réussi à transformer les choses en persuadant les principales industries de réduire considérablement la déforestation et la pollution climatique tout au long de leurs chaînes d'approvisionnement mondiales en huile de palme, caoutchouc, cacao et aliments pour animaux, tout en améliorant les moyens de subsistance des communautés autochtones et locales des régions tropicales de la planète.

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国際NGOが「チョコレート成績表2022」を発表〜日本企業から6社が参加、カカオのトレーサビリティ確保に課題〜

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2022年4月8日午前9時までエンバルゴ

国際NGOが「チョコレート成績表2022」を発表〜日本企業から6社が参加、カカオのトレーサビリティ確保に課題〜

欧米に比べ日本企業による環境・人権リスクへの対応は不十分

2022年4月8日 ー「世界チョコレート成績表」は、人権NGOビー・スレイバリー・フリー、マイティ・アース、熱帯林行動ネットワークなど29団体が参加するネットワーク団体「ザ・チョコレート・コレクティブ」によって、チョコレートの取引業者、加工業者、製造業者を含む世界最大のチョコレート企業38社(注1の社会的・環境的影響を評価したものです。

チョコレート業界が直面する6つの最も緊急な持続可能性の課題(トレーサビリティと透明性、生計維持所得、児童労働、森林破壊と気候、アグロフォレストリー、農薬管理)について評価しました(注2

日本の企業では、不二製油グループ(ブロマー)、伊藤忠商事、明治、森永製菓、大東カカオ、江崎グリコの6社が調査に協力しています(注3。日本企業の中では不二製油グループ(ブロマー)が一番高い評価を得ていますが、海外の企業に比べて遅れを取っています。

その他の日本企業についても、特に「中間業者を介するサプライチェーン(間接調達)」のトレーサビリティを確認していないケースが多く、その結果として他のカテゴリーの評価や総合評価も低くなっています。

「トレーサビリティと透明性」の項目において紫のハート(さらなる取り組みが必要)を獲得した伊藤忠商事でさえ、「2030年までにサステナブル・カカオ豆100%の調達」を目標にしています。「チョコレート成績表」の評価にも見られるように、日本企業には、早急にカカオ調達のトレーサビリティを見直し、カカオ生産が抱える問題を広く理解し、迅速な対応が求められています。

JATANの榎本氏は「日本の企業は、パーム油調達のトレーサビリティの確認は進んでいますが、カカオ調達ではまだまだ欧米に遅れています。トレーサビリティの管理はカカオ生産の裏に潜む様々な問題を把握する第一歩でもあり、大変重要ですが、日本企業には十分に理解されていないようです。」と述べています。

1マース、リンツ、ネスレ、モンデリーズ(キャドバリー)、フェレロ、明治、ハーシーなどの大手企業が含まれ、世界のチョコレート製品の80~90%を生産しています。

2「チョコレート成績表」は、世界のカカオの約75%が生産されている西アフリカを起点とした生産とサプライチェーンに着目しています。日本のカカオ豆の輸入額(2019年)の 約7割はガーナからのものです。

3日本はアジア最大のチョコレート市場で、2020年の小売売上高は5470億円(全日本菓子協会)を記録しています。しかし、日本企業は調査対象となった企業全体から見て最下位付近という評価になりました。

森林減少

これまでのマイティ・アースのデータ分析により、注目された「カカオと森林イニシアチブ(The Cocoa and Forests Initiative, CFI)」の発足から4年以上が経過した現在も、アフリカのカカオ生産上位国では、西アフリカでカカオ生産のために広大な面積の貴重な森林が破壊されていることが判明しています。この貴重な森林の消失は、この地域の小規模農家がカカオから生計を立てられず、拡大を余儀なくされていることが原因であることが多いのです。

マイティ・アースのシニア・アドバイザーとオレゴン州立大学地球海洋大気科学部のサミュエル・マウター氏は、「小規模な実証プロジェクトの時代は終わり、現在、多くの企業が農家の貧困に対処し、カカオ農家の生計を改善するための大きな取り組みを始めています」と述べています。「少なくとも、チョコレートブランドがこの問題を認識していることを示すものであり、これは進歩です。しかし、農家の家庭の貧困が児童労働、化学物質の使用、森林の転換を促すため、企業全体の協力体制を改善する必要があります。」と述べています。

今年、調査団体が一歩前進として確認できた点は、カカオと他の樹木を一緒に育てるアグロフォレストリーシステムによるカカオ生産への取り組みが大幅に増加したことです。このシステムには、カカオの生産量を維持しながら農家の多様化を支援し、同時に地域の生物多様性を回復・向上させるなど、多くの利点があります。

例えばネスレは今年、2022年末までに森林破壊地域に280万本の木を植えることを約束しました。


児童労働

昨年の調査以降、多くの分野で改善が見られる一方で、児童労働に巻き込まれている約156万人の子どもたちの問題については、この問題への取り組みを繰り返し呼びかけ、2020年の大規模な学術調査によって問題の規模が明らかになったにもかかわらず、まだ道半ばであると調査団体は述べています。

「西アフリカで見られる児童労働の多くは、危険な形態の児童労働です。重い荷物を運んだり、危険な装置を使ったり、化学物質にさらされたりと、子どもは危険にさらされています」と、「チョコレート成績表」をまとめたオーストラリアの人権NGOビー・スレイバリー・フリーのファズ・キット氏は述べています。 

「チョコレート業界の大企業は毎年、児童労働や、皮膚に火傷を負わせ呼吸に影響を及ぼす化学薬品にさらされる膨大な数の子どもたちについて、何か対策を講じると私たちに約束しています。私たちは、進歩が遅すぎる、チョコレートを作るために子どもたちを毒物に曝すのはやめなければならないと言っています。」

「企業が農家にきちんとお金を払って、生計維持所得を得られるようにすれば、カカオの生産に従事させられる子どもは減り、危険な農薬で手間を省こうとする農家も減るはずです。」

優良賞とワースト賞

今年、フェレロは、ハーシー、ユニリーバ、リッターなど、レインフォレスト・アライアンスやフェアトレードの認証を受けたカカオを100%に近い形で提供している企業の仲間入りを果たしました。

「認証は完璧なものではありませんが、多くの場合、企業の持続可能性の取り組みにおける前向きな第一歩となります」とファズ・キットは述べています。

ストーク、スターバックス、ゼネラル・ミルズは、「チョコレート成績表」への協力を拒否し続けたため、調査団体の「不参加賞」を授与されました。さらにストークは、同社のカカオサプライチェーンにおける方針と慣行についての透明性の欠如と、同社に対する市民社会の苦情を考慮して、全体的に最低の評価を受け、今年の「ワースト賞」を授与されました。

「もし、これらの企業がチョコレートのサプライチェーンの持続可能性を向上させるために前進しているのであれば、私たちやその顧客および投資家はそれについてもっと聞きたいと思うことでしょう」とキットは述べています。

「ザ・チョコレート・コレクティブ」について

ザ・チョコレート・コレクティブは、ビー・スレイバリー・フリーが率いる団体であり、チョコレート産業の変革に取り組む大学、コンサルタント、NGOを含む以下の29団体が参加しています。

調査チーム:Be Slavery Free, Macquarie University (Australia), Wollongong University (Australia), The Open University (UK)

アドバイザー:Forest Trends, International Cocoa Initiative, Pesticide Action Network, Sudwind Institute, VOICE Network

協力団体:Abolishion, ACRATH, Asset Campaign, Baptist World Aid Australia, Child Labor Coalition, EcoCare Ghana, Estwatch, European Freedom Network, Freedom United, Green America, 熱帯林行動ネットワーク, El Llamado del Bosque, マイティ・アース, National Consumer League, National Wildlife Federation, Netzwerk gegen Menschenhandel, RAIN, Roscidet, SIM for Freedom, Unseen.

熱帯林行動ネットワーク(JATAN)について

熱帯林をはじめとした世界の森林の保全のために、森林破壊を招いている日本の木材貿易と木材の浪費社会を改善するための政府、企業、市民の役割を提言し、世界各地の森林について、生物多様性や地域の住民の生活が守られるなど、環境面、社会面において健全な状態にすることを目指しています。団体ウェブサイトには、マイティ・アースが2017年に発表した「Chocolate ‘s Dark Secret」の内容を日本語でまとめた「チョコレートについての基本情報」を用意していますので、ご参考までにお使いください。

マイティ・アースについて

マイティ・アース (https://www.mightyearth.org/chocolate/)は、命ある地球の保護活動を行うグローバルなアドボカシー組織です。自然のために地球の半分を守り、命が繁栄できる気候を確保することを目標としています。  当組織のチームは、世界に張り巡らされたパーム油、ゴム、カカオ、飼料などのサプライチェーンにおいて森林破壊と気候変動をもたらす汚染を大幅に削減するよう大手企業を説得し、熱帯地方の先住民族や地域住民の生活向上を図ることにより、変革を実現してきました。

ご連絡先:サミュエル・マウター、ロジャー・スミス [email protected] (日本語対応可)

ビー・スレイバリー・フリーについて

ビー・スレイバリー・フリーは、市民団体、コミュニティー、およびその他の組織からなる連盟で、ともにオーストラリア、オランダ、そして世界各地で現代版の奴隷労働の防止、廃止、撤廃に向け活動を行っています。ビー・スレイバリー・フリーには、現代版の奴隷労働の防止、撤廃、対策を現地で行ってきた経験があります。特に、サプライチェーンにおける奴隷労働に光を当てることに注力しています。ビー・スレイバリー・フリーが生み出した動きにより、オーストラリアでは現代奴隷法の可決が実現しました。2007年以降はチョコレート業界との取り組みを行い、カカオ生産における児童労働と奴隷労働の問題への対応を求めてきました。ビー・スレイバリー・フリーに関してさらなる情報は、https://beslaveryfree.com で公開しています。

ご連絡先:ビー・スレイバリー・フリー(オーストラリア)ファズ・キット+61(0)407-931-115(オーストラリア東部標準時)[email protected]

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世界チョコレート成績表(2022年)
世界チョコレート成績表(2021年)
採点方法

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2022 Easter Chocolate Scorecard Lists Starbucks Among “Broken Eggs”

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Coalition encourages industry to break the links between chocolate products, deforestation, child labor, and environmental degradation

April 7, 2022 – What’s really going into our Easter chocolate? A global coalition of environmental and social justice advocates today released The Chocolate Scorecard, an annual survey that examines the chocolate industry’s progress, or lack thereof, in addressing social and environmental concerns stemming from cocoa industry practices and the chocolate products they sell. The 29-member coalition includes Be Slavery Free, Mighty Earth, and National Wildlife Federation, among others.

The Chocolate Scorecard focuses on the production and supply chains that start in West Africa, where around 75% of the world’s cocoa is produced. Many industry players are rising to the challenge, but others continue to ignore consumer demand for chocolate that’s free of child labor, poverty, deforestation. General Mills, Starbucks, and Storck received the researchers’ “Broken Egg” for their refusal to provide information for The Chocolate Scorecard, while Storck was given an additional "Rotten Egg" for ongoing lack of transparency about its policies and practices in their cocoa supply chain, and in light of civil society complaints about the company.

“It’s disappointing to see companies like Starbucks, which claim to be a leader on sustainability and confronting the climate crisis, refuse to answer straightforward questions about their performance on cocoa sustainability. It’s a real shame in an era of growing transparency that Starbucks refuses to be straight with its customers,” said Glenn Hurowitz, founder and CEO of Mighty Earth. “Mighty Earth will continue to demand transparency and true supply chain sustainability, both for our climate and for the local communities that produce these key commodities.”

This year Ferrero joins the list of “Good Eggs” that includes Hershey’s, Unilever and Ritter, whose cocoa is close to 100% certified by the Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade.

“While certification is not perfect, it is often a positive first step in a company’s sustainability journey,” said Fuzz Kitto, of Be Slavery Free, the Australia-based charity which coordinated The Chocolate Scorecard. “If companies are making progress on increasing the sustainability of their chocolate supply chains then we and their customers and investors would like to hear about it.”

Special mentions for leadership go to:

  • Previous Scorecard “Good Eggs” Alter Eco, Tony’s Chocolonely, and Whittaker‘s for continuing to be among the best in class overall
  • Nestlé for taking huge steps in innovation for addressing farmers’ income with additional payments and with their commitment to plant 2.8 million shade trees by the end of 2022
  • Ferrero for now joining other companies whose cocoa is overwhelmingly certified such as Hershey’s, Unilever, Fazer and others.

The Scorecard is an accountability measure that rates companies on the six most pressing sustainability issues facing the chocolate industry: human rights due diligence; transparency and traceability; deforestation and climate change; agroforestry; living income policies; and child labor. As Christians around the world celebrate Easter by enjoying chocolate products, the coalition urges consumers to use the Scorecard to make smarter, more sustainable purchases that reward good business behavior rather than reinforcing irresponsible practices.

Previous Mighty Earth data analysis has revealed that more than four years after the high-profile launch of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), Africa’s top cocoa-producing nations continue to see huge areas of precious forest being destroyed in West Africa to make room for cocoa production. The loss of these precious forests is often driven by the fact that small farmers in the region do not make a living income from their cocoa, forcing them to expand.

"We are now starting to see many companies make commitments to address farmer poverty and improve cocoa farming livelihoods,” said Sam Mawutor, Policy and Advocacy at Mighty Earth. “This shows chocolate brands are increasingly aware of the problem, which is progress. However, since farmer household poverty drives child labor, chemical use, and forest conversion, we need to see improved collaboration amongst companies at a landscape level. The time for small pet projects is over”.

To download the full report click here: Full Report
To read the methodology used to create the company scores you can find out more here:
Methodology

About Mighty Earth

Mighty Earth (www.mightyearth.org) is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet.  Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish.  We are obsessed with impact and aspire to be the most effective environmental advocacy organization in the world. Our team has achieved transformative change by persuading leading industries to dramatically reduce deforestation and  climate pollution throughout their global supply chains in palm oil, rubber, cocoa, and animal feed while improving livelihoods for Indigenous and local communities across the tropics.


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Cargill: pull out of Russia - action at Cargill HQ

Mighty Earth volunteers visited Cargill to say: Stop doing business in Russia. Cargill must cease its $1 billion+ business in Putin's Russia. 

They carried thousands of petition signatures and a letter from Ukraine civil society groups and allies from Minnesota and around the country and world.

Thanks to the volunteers, allies and especially Ukrainian organizations who reached out to ask Cargill to stand with them. Watch what happened:


Senior Director, Communications

Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, seeks applications for a Senior Director of Communications to drive international media coverage and coordinate international communications campaigns.

Who we are:
Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. We are obsessed with impact: Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish.

Through our proven “perfect storm” model of driving change, we have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to act against deforestation land-grabbing, human rights abuse, and driven the adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. e work to support Indigenous communities, communities of color, and low-income communities through these efforts. We aspire to be the most effective environmental organization in the world.

Read more about our approach and our campaign in the following resources.

Fomenting a “Perfect Storm” to push companies to change (Mongabay).
How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction (Yale Environment 360)

Outstanding strategic communications have been and will continue to be at the center of Mighty Earth’s success and identity. We are a communications-forward organization, and we take pride in that. While the role is broader than just media relations, that has always been an area where we have excelled, and we are looking to build on and extend that strength while cultivating a comprehensive approach to communications.

Background on the position:

The Senior Director of Communications will manage all media relationship building and strategy, organizational communications, and branding activities for Mighty Earth. Building on our established global network of media connections, this person will enhance the organization by driving domestic and international media coverage in our focus areas, including throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States.

Your responsibilities will include:

    • Media Relations: Oversees all media campaigns and builds strong relationships with domestic and international reporters to advance Mighty Earth’s campaigns and the organization. You will live and breathe pitching, emailing, texting, DMing, lunching with, and all in all wowing journalists. You will be a top go-to trusted person for coverage of our areas by journalists around the world. You will see and jump on breaking news opportunities and marshal rapid, compelling responses. You will drive an astounding amount of media coverage. You will also work directly with staff and our many partners in our focus campaign regions to help them build strong media relations in their markets. Important to have an understanding of global south issues/media/campaigns/journalists.

    • Communications Planning & Message Development: Empower Mighty Earth’s Campaign Directors to develop comprehensive and strategic campaign communications plans, messaging, and creative communications tactics to achieve desired outcomes by using a collaborative approach. Working with senior leadership, identify and respond quickly to global events that intersect with our campaigns and can enhance the organization. As needed, assist Campaign Directors with planning and executing live events as appropriate, such as grassroots actions and social media events.

    • Advance our Digital Footprint: Oversee the Mighty Earth’s Digital team including the Digital Director and numerous consultants to ensure integration with Mighty Earth’s overall communications plan and consistency of message and adherence to branding standards and ensure integration of digital assets into campaigns.

    • Organization Building: Develop and implement organizational communications and plans to enhance the organization and grow our name recognition. Develop and implement new internal systems to enhance rapid response, clarity, and consistency of our message and operational standards for public communication.

    • Writing & Editing: Write and edit a variety of internal and external organizational communications materials and publications, both internal and external, including press releases, reporter briefs, blog posts, social media, fundraising materials, talking points, and Mighty Earth’s Annual Report. Working with Campaign Directors and content experts, guiding the design, production, and review of collateral materials and multimedia assets, including reports, videos, infographics, campaign materials (leave-behinds and live event props), and other public-facing materials.

    • Organizational Communications. You will work with the CEO, Deputy Director, and Senior Director of Development to advance communications that increase the brand and profile of Mighty Earth.

Required qualifications:

    • You wake up thinking about ideas to drive astonishing levels of media coverage, cultivate new journalist relationships, and create strategic breakthroughs through communications.

    • You have 8+ years of experience in media relations and organizational communication strategy, with a preference for experience in a public affairs or public relations agency or a nonprofit.

    • You have existing relationships with U.S. and/or international reporters and a desire to cultivate and build relationships with reporters.

    • You have experience integrating digital content into organizational communications and an understanding of the importance of digital campaigning and communications to the success of an organization.

    • You have a background or interest in the U.S. and global environmental, climate, energy issues, and social justice issues.

    • You get up to speed quickly on complex issues and can manage multiple simultaneous projects with many moving pieces. You have a facility for synthesizing complex issues into engaging and creative communications.

    • You have grit and resilience. You drive projects to completion and accomplish your goals but are also able to pivot easily to address emerging issues and seize opportunities.

    • You have experience with brand development and discipline, organizational communications, and the production of marketing materials.

    • You have excellent written and verbal communications skills.

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Ukrainian organizations call on Cargill to exit Russia

Ukrainian environmental and agricultural organizations issued a letter Tuesday to Cargill to exit Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine. Local allies delivered the letter to Cargill headquarters in Minnetonka, Minnesota (hi-res photos available for download and publication here; credit Cici Yixuan Wu).
 
“War in Ukraine is a tragedy not only for people but also for the environment. Cargill must continue to take a hard look at the impact of its continuing to send tax revenue to support the Russian invasion,” said Yehor Hrynyk of the Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group, speaking from Ukraine, one of the signers.
 
Cargill is one of the last major US companies to remain in Russia, and has cited its belief that food "should never be used as a weapon,” even as its tax dollars fuel the Russian military’s efforts cut-off of food supplies to Ukrainian cities it is shelling.
 
Other Ukraininian signers listed below. Many of the staff and volunteers of the signatory organizations are now in the military or refugees, but are continuing their work to safeguard Ukrainian national parks and protected areas, fight illegal logging, and pollution caused by the war.
 
CONTACT:
Kevin Whelan, Mighty Earth Minnesota
612-414-9731

Perusahaan Kertas Korea menjarah hutan hujan terakhir sembari mengklaim operasinya ramah lingkungan

Setahun Investigasi mengungkap deforestasi di rantai pasok kertas dan bubur kertas

Merauke, Papua, Indonesia (15 Maret, 2022) — Sebuah Investigasi terbaru dikeluarkan hari ini oleh Environmental Paper Network (EPN), Mighty Earth, Pusaka, Solutions for Our Climate (SFOC), Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM) and Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) merincikan perusakan hutan alami di provinsi terpencil tanah Papua, Indonesia. Surga dari keanekaragaman hayati, budaya masyarakat adat, dan tangkapan karbon ini sedang dihancurkan untuk memproduksi serpihan kayu pembuatan kertas yang dicap sebagai produk yang lestari dan beretika kepada konsumen di seluruh dunia.

Moorim Paper, perusahaan Korea Selatan, melalui anak perusahaannya, PT Plasma Nutfah Marind Papua (PT PNMP) telah membabat lebih dari enam ribu hektar hutan antara tahun 2015 dan 2021. Dengan luas 64.000 hektar yang mereka kelola, dan akan lebih banyak hutan yang terancam dibabat di tahun-tahun mendatang.

Di antara tuntutan dari penyelidikan, koalisi menyerukan Moorim agar berkomitmen di publik untuk segera melakukan moratorium terhadap pembukaan hutan lebih lanjut, sambil menunggu analisis menyeluruh nilai-nilai lingkungan dan sosial yang harus dilindungi; mengadopsi dan melaksanakan kebijakan Tanpa Deforestasi Tanpa Pembukaan Gambut, Tanpa Eksploitasi (No Deforestation No Peat No Exploitation - NDPE), termasuk di dalamnya Nilai Konservasi Tinggi - Nilai Stok Karbon Tinggi (HCV-HCSA); dan pemulihan wilayah yang telah dirusak, juga memulihkan hak-hak masyarakat adat yang telah diabaikan. Selain itu, koalisi mendesak Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) untuk melakukan penyelidikan penuh atas masalah ini untuk menjaga integritas sertifikasi FSC.

Hutan hujan Papua adalah surga keanekaragaman hayati yang otentik, rumah bagi ribuan spesies flora dan fauna yang unik di bumi, terutama di daerah tempat perusahaan berada merupakan habitat kanguru pohon dan kasuari, dengan banyak spesies yang masih harus ditemukan dan dikatalogkan, dan yang lain dikategorikan sebagai spesies terancam dalam Daftar Merah IUCN.

Sampai saat ini, hutan alam di provinsi terpencil di Indonesia ini relatif masih utuh. Namun, gelombang perkebunan industri telah mengoyak wilayah tersebut, merusak seluruh ekosistem serta tanah masyarakat adat untuk menghasilkan komoditas di pasar global. “Kertas dijual secara global sebagai pengganti plastik yang katanya ramah lingkungan, namun ternyata masih berasal dari deforestasi dan melecehkan hak masyarakat adat”, kata Sergio Baffoni dari Environmental Paper Network (EPN). “Kita tidak dapat mengorbankan surga terakhir di planet ini untuk produk yang hanya berakhir di tempat sampah dalam beberapa jam setelah dipakai sekali”.

“Moorim Paper mengiklankan diri sebagai pemimpin industri kertas dan bubur kertas yang berkelanjutan, tetapi pelanggarannya terhadap hak asasi manusia dan perusakan hutan tropis asli di Papua tidak diketahui oleh masyarakat Korea.” kata Soojin Kim dari Solution for Our Climate (SFOC). “Bahwa Moorim mengabaikan peringatan LSM Korea ini dan masih melanjutkan bisnis seperti biasa tanpa menyelesaikan masalah ini dalam tiga tahun terakhir, ini tidak bisa kita terima.”

Hutan-hutan yang dibabat oleh Moorim di Papua adalah milik suku tradisional, yang telah membentuk kehidupan dan budaya mereka. Namun, buldoser perusahaan menghancurkan tempat mencari ikan, berburu, dusun sagu, dan bahkan situs keramat mereka, di mana tanah suku-suku tersebut memiliki nilai-nilai sosial dan spiritual bagi mereka. Moorim telah gagal untuk menghormati hak-hak masyarakat adat dan menerapkan Persetujuan atas Dasar Informasi Awal tanpa Paksaan (Free Prior Informed Consent) untuk setiap kegiatan di tanah mereka. “Kegagalan perusahaan untuk menghormati hak-hak masyarakat adat menyebabkan kerugian sosial ekonomi, budaya dan lingkungan” kata Franky Samperante, Direktur Eksekutif Yayasan Pusaka Bentala Rakyat. “Masyarakat adat sudah menghadapi kesulitan dalam memenuhi kebutuhan mereka akan pangan dan air yang berkualitas, penghidupan, dan harmoni, di mana semua ini tidak bisa diganti dengan kompensasi yang tidak adil. Pemerintah harus memberikan sanksi atas dugaan pelanggaran terhadap perusahaan”.

Lebih jauh lagi “Laporan ini menunjukkan bagaimana perusahaan seperti Moorim terus mencampakkan hutan hujan terakhir di Indonesia sambil bersembunyi di balik label hijau kehutanan FSC. FSC harus mengambil tindakan cepat terhadap setiap perusahaan yang melanggar standarnya. Jika tidak, maka label FSC hanyalah sebuah greenwash kata Annisa Rahmawati, Advokat Mighty Earth untuk Indonesia.

“Pemerintah Korea terkait secara langsung dengan dampak lingkungan dan pelanggaran hak asasi manusia yang disebabkan oleh PT PNMP, dengan memberikan pinjaman 9,1 miliar KRW kepada perusahaan induknya, Moorim P&P untuk kegiatan bisnis kehutanannya di luar negeri. Pemerintah harus segera membuka penyelidikan yang transparan dan inklusif tentang kerugian yang ditimbulkan oleh PT PNMP serta meminta Moorim P&P untuk melakukan uji tuntas lingkungan dan hak asasi manusia terhadap PT PNMP termasuk memberikan solusi'' pungkas Shin Young Chung dari Advocates for Public Interest Hukum (APIL).

Waktu kita hampir habis untuk menyelamatkan iklim dan hutan-hutan terakhir di bumi ini, serta orang-orang yang hidupnya bergantung padanya. Sudah waktunya bagi Moorim untuk berhenti bersembunyi di bawah klaim ramah lingkungan. Jika Moorim gagal mengambil langkah-langkah yang diperlukan, maka sudah seharusnya pembeli, pemodal, dan mitra bisnisnya menutup kontrak pasokan, menghentikan dan menangguhkan perjanjian keuangan dan jasa.

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Korean Paper Company Plunders the Last Rainforests While Continuing to Claim Operations are Eco-Friendly

Year-long Investigation Reveals Deforestation Throughout Pulp & Paper Supply Chain

A new investigation released today by Environmental Paper Network (EPN), Mighty Earth, Pusaka, Solutions for Our Climate (SFOC), Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM), and Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) details the devastation of pristine forests in the remote province of Papua land, Indonesia. 

Moorim Paper, a South Korean company, through its subsidiary company, PT Plasma Nutfah Marind Papua (PT PNMP) has cleared more than six thousand hectares of forests between 2015 and 2021. With 64,000 hectares of the area they manage, more forests will be at risk to be chopped down in the coming years.

This paradise for biodiversity, Indigenous culture, and carbon capture is being devastated to produce wood chips for papermaking that are being branded as sustainably and ethically sourced products to consumers across the globe.


Statement on Cargill’s “Scaling Back” Russian Business

March 11, 2022 – Cargill announced today that it is “scaling back” its business in Russia and stopping investment there, as pressure from Ukrainian organizations, Mighty Earth, and allies mounted on the company.

Cargill’s announcement today that it is “scaling back” its Russian business activities and stopping investment is a “step in the right direction.” Still, Cargill now needs to pull out entirely, according to Ukrainian and global conservation leaders.

"War in Ukraine is a tragedy not only for people but also for the environment. Cargill must continue to take a hard look at the impact of its continuing to send tax revenue to support the Russian invasion,” said Yehor Hrynyk of the Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group.

Over 300 Western businesses ranging from ExxonMobil to McDonald’s have pulled out of Russia to show their opposition to the Putin regime’s brutal invasion. Cargill has suspended operations in Ukraine but has resisted calls to suspend its Russian operations entirely. 

“This is a good step forward for Cargill in re-evaluating its investments in Russia. Anyone who does business with and pays taxes to Vladimir Putin’s government is fueling Russia’s war machine,” said Glenn Hurowitz, founder and CEO of Mighty Earth. “We hope this move will spur a broader reexamination of Cargill’s role in the world, spurring the company to move away from being a business that supports authoritarian governments, drives the destruction of ecosystems, and makes an outsized contribution to climate change.”

“The disruption caused by Russia’s invasion of the Ukrainian breadbasket highlights the need for companies and countries to scale up investments in plant-based and cultivated proteins dramatically, so we’re not so dependent on fragile international supply chains for animal feed,” Hurowitz said.

Cargill competitor LDC announced on March 4 that it was suspending operations in Russia, but ADM and Bunge have also refused to pull out of Russia. However, companies exposed to these traders and Cargill in their supply chains, such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Yum! Brands and PepsiCo have announced they are pulling out. 

Privately-owned Cargill’s unethical business practices worldwide have long been in the spotlight. In 2019, Mighty Earth’s report, The Worst Company in the World, detailed the company’s history, including its undermining of the embargo on the Soviet Union in response to the invasion of Afghanistan.

About Mighty Earth

Mighty Earth (www.mightyearth.org) is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet.  Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish.  We are obsessed with impact and aspire to be the most effective environmental advocacy organization in the world. Our team has achieved transformative change by persuading leading industries to dramatically reduce deforestation and  climate pollution throughout their global supply chains in palm oil, rubber, cocoa, and animal feed while improving livelihoods for Indigenous and local communities across the tropics.


Victory! Sumitomo Corporation Withdraws from Matarbari 2 Coal Plant Project

March 1, 2022

On February 28, 2022, Sumitomo Corporation announced a revision to its climate policy closing the loophole to its "no new coal" pledge. That exception would have allowed the company to proceed with the proposed Matarbari 2 power plant (units 3& 4) in Bangladesh.

"We applaud Sumitomo's belated realization that the construction of new coal plants runs counter to any realistic climate change strategy,” stated Mighty Earth's Japan Director, Roger Smith. “As this week's IPCC report warns of the imminent impacts of climate change, Sumitomo needs to accelerate its adoption of non-biomass renewable energy, hasten the retirement of existing coal plants and transition away from all polluting fossil fuels," Smith continued.

Environmental organizations in Japan, Bangladesh and globally had criticized Sumitomo for its lead role overseeing construction of the Matarbari 1 coal plant (units 1 & 2) and called upon the company to not have any involvement in the planned Matarbari 2 coal power plant.

The Matarbari coal plants are relics from a different era, made increasingly obsolete by a glut of power capacity in Bangladesh, long delays and cost overruns, and the declining cost of renewable energy relative to expensive fossil fuel imports.

Mighty Earth exposed the controversy over these power plants in a report released to shareholders in advance of Sumitomo's annual general meeting in June 2021. A shareholder resolution by environmental NGO Market Forces called upon the trading company to align its policies with Paris Agreement goals and garnered the support of 20% of investors, holding $2.5 billion in Sumitomo shares.

Now attention turns to whether the Japanese government will still push forward with the project. Japanese NGOs have called upon the Japanese government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) not to move forward with financing for the project. Japan has faced international criticism that Matarbari 2 is inconsistent with last year's G7 leaders’ agreement to build no new coal plants, as well as a pending complaint at the US Securities and Exchange Commission against JICA’s inclusion of coal projects in JICA bonds marked as coal-free to investors.


Une nouvelle étude approfondie révèle que les principaux fabricants de chocolat n’ont pas tenu leur promesse de mettre fin à la déforestation

Le rapport Petites douceurs révèle que le cacao contribue encore à la destruction d’aires protégées et de l’habitat des chimpanzés et des éléphants, malgré les promesses faites il y a quatre ans par le secteur. 

Lire le rapport complet [FR]
Read the full report [EN]

14 février 2022 — Plus de quatre ans après le lancement très médiatisé de l’Initiative Cacao et Forêts (ICF), les principaux pays africains producteurs de cacao sont toujours confrontés à la destruction de vastes zones forestières au profit des plantations de cacao, indique une nouvelle analyse de données réalisée par Mighty Earth. Petites douceurs: Le secteur du chocolat n’a pas tenu sa promesse de mettre fin à la déforestation dans ses chaînes d’approvisionnement en cacao révèle que, même après la publication des plans de mise en œuvre par le secteur, la Côte d’Ivoire a perdu 19 421 hectares de forêt au sein des régions productrices de cacao, et le Ghana 39 497 hectares. En additionnant ces chiffres, on obtient une superficie équivalente à celle des villes de Madrid, Séoul ou Chicago. 

« Ce rapport dévoile une dimension peu ragoûtante du secteur du cacao et montre qu’il est urgent de rompre le lien unissant les produits chocolatés à la déforestation », a déclaré Glenn Hurowitz, directeur général de Mighty Earth, une organisation mondiale de plaidoyer qui œuvre pour la défense d’une planète vivante. « Les fabricants de chocolat tels que Nestlé, Hershey’s, Mondelēz et Mars doivent cesser de faire de vaines promesses et collaborer dès maintenant avec les gouvernements signataires de l’ICF pour mettre en place cette année un mécanisme conjoint ouvert et efficace de surveillance de la déforestation. »

Grâce à l’analyse de données satellitaires complétées par des enquêtes sur le terrain, Mighty Earth a pu démontrer que le défrichement des forêts tropicales pour la culture du cacao se poursuit. Il s’agit notamment de la déforestation dans des zones dites protégées qui constituent des habitats vitaux pour la faune sauvage menacée, notamment pour les chimpanzés et les hippopotames nains. Ces forêts sont également des puits de carbone indispensables pour freiner la crise climatique et la perte de biodiversité.

Les principales conclusions du rapport sont les suivantes :

  • Quatre ans et demi après l’engagement pris dans le cadre de l’ICF par les fabricants de chocolat et les gouvernements d’interdire la création de nouvelles exploitations de cacao, les taux de déforestation restent dans l’ensemble proches d’un niveau record ;
  • Dans ces régions productrices de cacao, la Côte d’Ivoire a perdu 19 421 hectares (ha) de forêts, soit 2 % de ses forêts, depuis que le plan d’action de l’ICF a été publié en janvier 2019, tandis que le Ghana a perdu une surface conséquente de 39 497 ha de forêts, avec un taux de déforestation vertigineux de 3,9 %. En combinant la superficie perdue de forêt tropicale pour ces deux pays, on obtiendrait une superficie équivalente à celle des villes de Madrid, Séoul ou Chicago.
  • Au Ghana, la perte de couvert forestier enregistrée en 2020 montrait qu’elle était 370 % plus élevée depuis janvier 2019 qu’elle ne l’a été entre 2001 et 2010, et 150 % plus importante que la perte de couvert forestier moyenne entre 2011 et 2019 ;
  • Pour la Côte d’Ivoire, la perte moyenne du couvert forestier a été 230 % plus élevée depuis janvier 2019 qu’elle ne l’a été entre 2001 et 2017, et 340 % plus élevée que la perte moyenne enregistrée au cours des années 2000 ;
  • La déforestation se poursuit dans l’ensemble des aires protégées de Côte d’Ivoire et du Ghana, et l’analyse des données satellitaires et les observations sur le terrain en Côte d’Ivoire menées par Mighty Earth révèlent que l’expansion de la culture du cacao joue un rôle majeur dans cet empiètement.

« Cette catastrophe peut être parfaitement évitée et aurait dû l’être depuis longtemps déjà. Pendant ce temps, les forêts continuent de disparaître, la faune sauvage meurt et les communautés souffrent », a déclaré Souleymane Fofana, coordinateur général du Regroupement des acteurs ivoiriens des droits humains (RAIDH). « La filière cacao dispose des mêmes outils et de bien plus de ressources que Mighty Earth pour surveiller et prévenir la déforestation, mais le manque de volonté et de transparence reste le principal obstacle aux avancées. »

Les principales conclusions du rapport sont les suivantes :

  • Quatre ans et demi après l’engagement pris dans le cadre de l’ICF par les fabricants de chocolat et les gouvernements d’interdire la création de nouvelles exploitations de cacao, les taux de déforestation restent dans l’ensemble proches d’un niveau record ;
  • Dans ces régions productrices de cacao, la Côte d’Ivoire a perdu 19 421 hectares (ha) de forêts, soit 2 % de ses forêts, depuis que le plan d’action de l’ICF a été publié en janvier 2019, tandis que le Ghana a perdu une surface conséquente de 39 497 ha de forêts, avec un taux de déforestation vertigineux de 3,9 %. En combinant la superficie perdue de forêt tropicale pour ces deux pays, on obtiendrait une superficie équivalente à celle des villes de Madrid, Séoul ou Chicago.
  • Au Ghana, la perte de couvert forestier enregistrée en 2020 montrait qu’elle était 370 % plus élevée depuis janvier 2019 qu’elle ne l’a été entre 2001 et 2010, et 150 % plus importante que la perte de couvert forestier moyenne entre 2011 et 2019 ;
  • Pour la Côte d’Ivoire, la perte moyenne du couvert forestier a été 230 % plus élevée depuis janvier 2019 qu’elle ne l’a été entre 2001 et 2017, et 340 % plus élevée que la perte moyenne enregistrée au cours des années 2000 ;
  • La déforestation se poursuit dans l’ensemble des aires protégées de Côte d’Ivoire et du Ghana, et l’analyse des données satellitaires et les observations sur le terrain en Côte d’Ivoire menées par Mighty Earth révèlent que l’expansion de la culture du cacao joue un rôle majeur dans cet empiètement.

« Cette catastrophe peut être parfaitement évitée et aurait dû l’être depuis longtemps déjà. Pendant ce temps, les forêts continuent de disparaître, la faune sauvage meurt et les communautés souffrent », a déclaré Souleymane Fofana, coordinateur général du Regroupement des acteurs ivoiriens des droits humains (RAIDH). « La filière cacao dispose des mêmes outils et de bien plus de ressources que Mighty Earth pour surveiller et prévenir la déforestation, mais le manque de volonté et de transparence reste le principal obstacle aux avancées. »

Le rapport contient notamment les recommandations suivantes :

  • En 2022, un mécanisme commun ouvert et transparent de surveillance de la déforestation doit être mis en place par les fabricants de chocolat, les négociants en cacao et les gouvernements en mettant leurs informations sur les chaînes d’approvisionnement en cacao en commun et en les associant aux données d’imagerie satellitaire. Un tel mécanisme permettrait d’agir collectivement pour empêcher l’empiètement des forêts par l’expansion des plantations de cacao, et de cibler les initiatives visant à améliorer les moyens de subsistance des petits exploitants au Ghana et en Côte d’Ivoire.
  • L’ICF doit rendre compte publiquement des progrès accomplis dans la réduction de la déforestation au Ghana et en Côte d’Ivoire, afin d’empêcher toute nouvelle déforestation pour le cacao d’ici deux ans  ;
  • Les principaux chocolatiers et négociants en cacao devraient participer activement à la restauration des forêts dégradées et de la biodiversité au Ghana et en Côte d’Ivoire. Ils doivent s’engager à s’approvisionner d’ici 2025 en cacao issu de l’agroforesterie à hauteur d’au moins 50 %, et collaborer avec les coopératives de cacao et les agences gouvernementales pour aider les petits cultivateurs à passer des monocultures de cacao à des systèmes agricoles diversifiés.
  • Le gouvernement de la Côte d’Ivoire doit valider rapidement les limites des aires protégées et stopper toute nouvelle déforestation en associant, de manière transparente, les communautés et les organisations de la société civile à leur suivi ; 
  • Au Ghana, la Commission gouvernementale forestière (Forestry Commission) et le Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) doivent s’assurer que le nouveau système de gestion du cacao (CMS, Cocoa Management System), destiné à retracer la chaîne d’approvisionnement en cacao, est conçu de manière transparente, afin que les parties prenantes puissent avoir toute confiance dans les données qui seront produites ;
  • L’Union européenne, le Japon et les États-Unis doivent adopter une législation obligeant les entreprises à effectuer des contrôles de vigilance approfondis pour prévenir l’importation de cacao ou de produits dérivés du cacao liés à la déforestation sur leurs marchés respectifs.

« L’Initiative Cacao et Forêts a beaucoup de potentiel, mais elle n’est pas encore à la hauteur de ses ambitions. Elle a beaucoup promis, mais n’a pas atteint ses objectifs. Pour les entreprises du secteur du cacao et du chocolat, la protection de l’environnement est un devoir, sous peine de perdre à jamais la denrée dont elles dépendent. La situation actuelle n’est pas tenable », a déclaré Obed Owusu-Addai, responsable de campagne pour EcoCare Ghana.

Contact : Miles Grant, [email protected], +1 703-864-9599 (mobile)


Major Chocolate Companies Failed In Pledge to End Deforestation, Comprehensive New Study Shows

‘Sweet Nothings’ report shows cocoa still driving destruction of protected areas, chimpanzee and elephant habitat loss four years after industry pledge.

Read the full report [EN]
Lire le rapport complet [FR]

February 14, 2022 – More than four years after the high-profile launch of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), Africa’s top cocoa-producing nations continue to see huge areas of forest being destroyed to make room for cocoa production, according to a new data analysis by Mighty Earth. Sweet Nothings: How the Chocolate Industry has Failed to Honor Promises to End Deforestation in Cocoa Supply Chains reveals that, even after the industry published action plans in 2019, Côte d'Ivoire lost 19,421 hectares – 74.9 sq. mi. – of forest within cocoa growing regions and Ghana lost 39,497 hectares – 152.5 sq. mi. This amounts to a combined area equivalent to the size of the city of Madrid/Seoul/Chicago. 

“This report unwraps the unsavory side of the cocoa industry and shows the urgent need to break the link between chocolate products and deforestation,” said Glenn Hurowitz, CEO of Mighty Earth, the global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. “Chocolate companies like Nestlé, Hershey’s, Mondelez and Mars need to stop making empty promises and start working together with governments in the CFI to establish an open and effective joint deforestation monitoring mechanism this year”.

Through a combination of satellite data analysis and on-the-ground field investigations, Mighty Earth has uncovered evidence of ongoing tropical forest clearance for cocoa. This includes deforestation in designated protected areas that provide vital habitats for endangered wildlife – such as chimpanzees and pygmy hippos. These forests are also critical carbon sinks, vital for slowing both the climate crisis and biodiversity loss.

Among the key findings of the report:

  • Four and half years after chocolate companies and governments committed in the CFI to a ban on establishing any new cocoa farms, overall levels of deforestation remain near record highs.
  • Within cocoa growing regions, Côte d'Ivoire lost 19,421 hectares (ha) – 74.9 sq. mi. – (2%) of its forest since the CFI action plans were published in January 2019, whilst Ghana has lost an astonishing 39,497 ha – 152.5 sq. mi. – of forest with a staggeringly high rate of deforestation of 3.9%. This amounts to a combined area of tropical forest lost in the two countries equivalent to an area the size of the cities of Madrid, Seoul, or Chicago.
  • In Ghana, 2020 tree cover loss countrywide was 370% higher since January 2019 than it was between 2001-2010, and 150% higher than the average tree cover loss between 2011-2019.
  • Average countrywide tree cover loss in Côte d'Ivoire has been 230% higher in the period since January 2019 than it was between 2001-2017, and 340% higher than the average loss during the 2000s.
  • Deforestation is still found throughout protected areas in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, with satellite data analysis and observations from Mighty Earth’s field investigation in Côte d'Ivoire revealing that cocoa expansion is playing a major role in this encroachment.

“All of this devastation is entirely preventable and should have been addressed long ago. Meanwhile, forests continue to disappear, endangered species die, and communities suffer,” said Souleymane Fofana, General Coordinator of the Ivorian Human Rights organizations (RAIDH). “The cocoa industry has the same tools and far more resources than Mighty Earth to track and prevent deforestation, but limited willpower and lack of transparency and accountability continue to be the biggest roadblocks to progress.”

Among the report’s recommendations:

  • Chocolate companies, cocoa traders, and governments must pool information about cocoa supply chains, and couple this with satellite data imagery to establish an open and transparent joint deforestation monitoring mechanism in 2022. Such a mechanism would provide the means for collective action to prevent forest encroachment from cocoa expansion, as well as to target initiatives aimed at improving livelihoods for smallholder farmers in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.
  • The CFI should publicly report progress in reducing deforestation in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, with the aim of achieving zero new deforestation for cocoa within two years.
  • Leading chocolate companies and cocoa traders should play an active role in the restoration of degraded forests and biodiversity in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. They should commit to sourcing at least 50% of their cocoa from agroforestry by 2025, and work with cocoa cooperatives and government agencies to help smallholder growers manage the transition from cocoa monocultures to diversified farming systems.
  • The Government of Côte d'Ivoire should work to quickly confirm the boundaries of protected areas and stop any new deforestation by involving, in a transparent manner, communities and civil society organizations in their monitoring. 
  • In Ghana, the Government’s Forestry Commission, together with the Ghana Cocoa Board, need to ensure that the emerging Cocoa Management System (CMS), which is intended to trace the cocoa supply chain, is designed in a transparent manner, so that stakeholders will have trust and confidence in the data that it will produce.
  • Authorities in the European Union, Japan, and the United States should introduce legislation that requires companies to conduct thorough due diligence checks to prevent cocoa or cocoa-derived products linked to deforestation from being imported into their consumer markets.

“The Cocoa and Forests Initiative has lots of potential but currently is not living up to it. It promised so much but is failing to deliver. Cocoa and chocolate companies have a duty to protect the environment or risk losing the commodity they depend on forever because the current situation is unsustainable,” said Obed Owusu-Addai, Managing Campaigner at EcoCare Ghana.

Contact: Miles Grant, [email protected], 703-864-9599 (mobile)


新調査報告発表:大手チョコレート企業、森林破壊停止の誓約を実行せず

新調査報告「口先だけの甘い言葉:チョコレート業界は、カカオのサプライチェーンにおける森林破壊を終わらせるための約束を果たしていない」

〜業界の誓約から4年経った今も、カカオ栽培によって、保護区の破壊、チンパンジーやゾウの生息地消失などを含む森林減少の悪化が明らかに〜

 2022年2月14日 – マイティー・アースが新たに実施したデータ分析調査により、「カカオと森林イニシアティブ(CFI)」(注1)開始から4年以上が経過した今も、アフリカの主要なカカオ生産国では、カカオ栽培のために広範囲にわたる森林破壊が続いていることが明らかになった。新調査報告「口先だけの甘い言葉:チョコレート業界は、カカオのサプライチェーンにおける森林破壊を終わらせるための約束を果たしていない」によると、業界が2019年に行動計画を発表した後の3年間で、カカオ生産地域における森林消失面積はコートジボワールで19,421ヘクタール、ガーナで39,497ヘクタールに及んでいる。この合計面積は、東京23区の面積に匹敵する。

 命ある地球の保護活動を行うグローバルなアドボカシー組織マイティー・アースのCEO、グレン・ホロウィッツ(Glenn Hurowitz)はこう述べる。「このレポートは、カカオ産業の望ましくない面を明らかにし、チョコレート製品と森林破壊の関係を直ちに断ち切る必要があることを示しています。ネスレ、ハーシーズ、モンデリーズ、マース、不二製油、明治などのチョコレート企業は、口先だけの約束をやめ、CFI参加各国政府との協力のもと、森林破壊に対するオープンかつ効果的な共同モニタリングメカニズムを今年中に確立しなければなりません。このような破壊はすべて完全に防げるものであり、ずっと前に手を打つべきでした。手をこまねいているうちに、森林は消え続け、野生生物は死んでゆき、地域のコミュニティは苦境に陥っているのです」

レポートが示した重要ポイント

  • CFIにおいて、チョコレート企業と各国政府が、森林減少を引き起こすカカオ農園の新規開発禁止への取り組みを約束してから4年半が経つが、全体的に見て森林破壊の規模は依然として過去最高水準に近いままである。
  • CFIが2019年1月に行動計画を発表した後も、カカオ生産地域における森林消失面積はコートジボワールで19,421ヘクタール、ガーナではなんと39,497ヘクタールにも及んでおり、森林消失率は9%という驚くべき水準になっている。2019年から2021年末までの3年間に2カ国で失われた熱帯林の面積を合わせると、東京23区の面積に匹敵する。
  • ガーナの場合、2019年1月~2020年末の森林消失面積は、2001年~2010年の7倍、2011年~2019年の1.5倍に達した。
  • コートジボワール全体では、2019年1月以降の平均森林消失面積は、2001年~2017年の3倍、2000年代平均の3.4倍に達した。
  • コートジボワールとガーナの保護区全域では今も森林破壊が進んでいることが分かっており、衛星データの解析やマイティー・アースによるコートジボワールでの現地調査の結果、カカオ栽培地拡大がこのような森林侵食の主な要因であることが明らかになっている。

 マイティー・アース西アフリカ代表のアムールライ・トゥーレ(Amourlaye Toure)はこう述べる。「カカオ栽培のための森林破壊はいまだに続いており、保護区内でさえ憂慮すべき規模で進行しています。『カカオと森林イニシアティブ(CFI)』が森林破壊を特定できず、目標を達成できないことにより、地域コミュニティの安定は失われ、絶滅危惧種野生生物は危険にさらされ、チョコレート産業の二酸化炭素排出量は増加しています。カカオ業界はマイティー・アースと同じ森林破壊追跡・防止ツールを持っており、財源に至ってはマイティー・アースを超えるものを持っています。しかし、業界の意志が限定的なものにとどまり、透明性・説明責任が欠如していることが、今も最大の障害となって進展を阻んでいるのです」

レポートで示された提言

  • チョコレート企業、カカオ貿易業者、各国政府は、カカオのサプライチェーン関連情報を共有し、これを衛星データ画像と組み合わせて、オープンで透明性の高い森林破壊の共同モニタリングメカニズムを2022年中に確立する必要がある。このような仕組みは、カカオ栽培地拡大による森林侵食を防ぐため、また、ガーナとコートジボワールの小規模農家の生活改善に向けての取組みを行うための集団的アクションの手段となるだろう。
  • CFIは、カカオ栽培のための新たな森林破壊を2年以内にゼロにすることを目標とし、ガーナとコートジボワールにおける森林破壊削減の進捗状況に関する報告を公開すべきである。
  • 大手チョコレート企業やカカオ貿易業者は、ガーナやコートジボワールの傷ついた森林や生物多様性の回復に積極的な役割を果たすべきである。2025年までにカカオの少なくとも50%を、アグロフォレストリーを行う栽培者から調達することを約束し、カカオ協同組合や各国政府機関との協力のもと、小規模農家のカカオ単一栽培から多様化された農業システムへの転換を支援する必要がある。
  • コートジボワール政府は、早急に保護区の境界を確認し、コミュニティや市民社会組織を透明な形でモニタリングに参加させることにより、新たな森林破壊の阻止に努めるべきである。
  • 欧州連合、日本、米国の当局は、森林破壊につながるカカオまたはカカオ由来製品の消費者市場への輸入を防ぐため、徹底したデューデリジェンス・チェックを企業に義務付ける法律を導入するべきである。

 熱帯林行動ネットワーク運営委員の中司喬之氏は、「大手チョコレート企業は、トレーサビリティの確認を行った上で、全てのサプライヤーについて企業グループレベルで、NDPE(森林減少禁止、泥炭地開発禁止、搾取禁止)方針の採用と実施を求め、森林減少への対処を進めていくことが必要です。ガーナからのカカオ関連産品の輸出先として日本は第二位、日本側から見た輸入先として7割以上を占めており、ガーナでの森林破壊に対しては重要な責任を負っていると言えます。今すぐにでも取り組むべき課題です」と述べている。

マイティー・アースは、衛星データ解析と現地調査を組み合わせ、カカオ栽培のために熱帯林伐採が進行している証拠を示した。失われた熱帯林には、チンパンジーやコビトカバなどの絶滅危惧種野生動物の生息に不可欠な指定保護区内の森林も含まれる。これらの森林はまた重要な炭素吸収源であり、気候変動と生物多様性の喪失の進行を遅らせるのに不可欠である。

(注1)2017年、イギリスのチャールズ皇太子の呼びかけで、世界の主要なチョコレート企業35社(日本からは株式会社明治と不二製油株式会社が参加)と世界カカオ基金、コートジボワール、ガーナ両政府などが参加し、カカオ生産による森林破壊を抑止するために「カカオと森林イニシアチブ(The Cocoa and Forests Initiative, CFI)」の設立を発表した。CFIは、2018年に国家実施計画(コートジボワールガーナ)、さらに2019年には企業向け行動計画(コートジボワールガーナ)を発表した。行動計画には「カカオセクターでの森林減少や森林劣化を新たに引き起こす活動を禁止し防止することを約束する」との文言も含まれている。

マイティー・アースは、2017年にチョコレート産業と森林減少の関係を示したレポート「CHOCOLATE’S DARK SECRET」を作成し、世界的に大きな注目を受けた。こうした批判を受けて、CFIは設立された。

マイティー・アースについて

マイティー・アース (www.mightyearth.org)は、命ある地球の保護活動を行うグローバルなアドボカシー組織です。自然のために地球の半分を守り、命が繁栄できる気候を確保することを目標としています。  当組織のチームは、世界に張り巡らされたパーム油、ゴム、カカオ、飼料などのサプライチェーンにおいて森林破壊と気候変動をもたらす汚染を大幅に削減するよう大手企業を説得し、熱帯地方の先住民族や地域住民の生活向上を図ることにより、変革を実現してきました。

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Senior Director, Development

Mighty Earth is accepting applications for our Senior Director, Development opening, a critical leadership role in our mission to secure a living planet. As the Development Director, you will build the resources to expand our work across the globe and build the power to run high-level campaigns to convince the world’s largest companies to protect forests, end climate pollution, and transform the way food is produced. You will be a part of our leadership team, manage and build our development programs while working closely with our executive team, and play a lead role in building our individual giving program.

Who We Are:

Founded in 2015, Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish. Mighty Earth achieves transformative change by creating a “perfect storm” of campaigns, communications, and practical engagement with decision-makers to rapidly transform entire industries and government policy. 

We have played a leading role in driving the transformation of whole industries and government policy to stop destruction of tropical rainforests, transform agriculture, and drive multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. Through our campaigns, we seek to make significant progress to support impacted people around the world, especially Indigenous communities, communities of color and low-income communities, including by protecting land rights and combatting modern slavery. 

Your responsibilities:

As Mighty Earth’s Senior Director of Development, you will have the opportunity to work closely with our CEO and Founder, a seasoned fundraiser; a grants consultant; and our Deputy Director to build the systems, vision, and plans to significantly increase Mighty Earth’s impact and impact in the world. You will manage all development programs, with a major focus on ramping up our major giving program. You’ll also partner with our international team members based in Europe, Asia, and Africa to bring the stories of their work directly to current and potential philanthropic partners. You’ll work in a dynamic, mission-oriented, and global environment and your day to day responsibilities will include: 

  • Developing and executing long-range fundraising plans that align to the organization’s plans.
  • Working with our CEO to build and execute an individual donor campaign and plan, with a major emphasis on major giving to raise programmatic, operating, and sponsorship support. 
  • Developing and executing fundraising plans with key Mighty Earth staff. Working with our Campaign Directors to identify prospects, arrange meetings, and logistics in the US and Europe.
  • Managing and building a portfolio of major donors, securing gifts and building long-term relationships with our growing list of philanthropic partners. 
  • Leading our process for identifying, cultivating, and stewarding for a growing portfolio of donors and prospects. 
  • Coordinating closely with the CEO to support his work with his fundraising portfolio and strategize.
  • Working closely with our grants consultant, ensuring our foundation fundraising work is integrated with our overall fundraising plan and stepping in and supporting the CEO as needed.
  • Supporting the board of directors in relationship management of major donors and prospects as needed. Provide regular updates and seek input.
  • Serving on Mighty Earth’s leadership team to give input into the direction of the organization
  • Managing our fundraising database.
  • Working with our Digital Director to incorporate digital fundraising into fundraising plan and ensure coordination
  • Collaborating with the Communications and program departments to ensure we are highlighting Mighty Earth’s best and most relevant work. 
  • Working with our finance staff to coordinate reporting and compliance, including maintaining accurate and timely records and reporting. 

What we’re looking for in you: 

  • You have at least eight years of work experience, including significant experience as a fundraiser and in a development leaderships role, preferably including some experience with nonprofit, environmental, social justice, or mission-driven advocacy organizations;
  • You have a successful track record in major gifts fundraising.
  • You have strong interpersonal, written and communication skills.
  • You have a record of success in generating significant commitments from foundations and/or government donors through grants.
  • You have solid project management skills; ability to work independently and successfully manage multiple projects with competing deadlines; excellent attention to detail. 
  • You have a passion for protecting the environment and advancing a more just society.
  • You have the ability to network and initiate and build relationships with prospective individual and foundation donors. 
  • You have a familiarity with financial information, including the ability to evaluate grant budgets. 
  • You have experience working with people from a variety of ethnic, racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. Cross-cultural competencies and experience in the U.S. or internationally.
  • You are committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the US as well as some international trips, and to work some evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • You have experience working with environmental donors.
  • You have experience ramping a development program at a smaller nonprofit.
  • You have experience working with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • You have experience with digital fundraising programs.

More about Mighty Earth:

Read more about our approach and our campaign in the following resources;

Fomenting a “Perfect Storm” to push companies to change (Mongabay).

How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction (Yale Environment 360)

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with background in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more. 

Details: This is a full-time position and we have a preference for candidates based in Washington, DC. area. We are open to candidates based in other U.S. locations, with a preference for eastern time zone locations. The position involves international travel. During the coronavirus pandemic, our staff just recently resumed travel in a more limited capacity. You will report to our Deputy Director, work very closely with our CEO and also work closely with our operations team, and our Strategic Advisor. 

To apply: Please click on the apply button and submit your application as soon as possible. Please include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities, and let us know where you heard about the job. The position will remain posted until it is filled.

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact Aliya at [email protected]. Applications should be submitted through our application link and not sent to this email.

Interview process: Our interview process involves a phone interview, two video interviews, a candidate exercise, and reference calls for candidates advancing in our process. 

Compensation and benefits: The salary range for this position is $115,000 - $150,000, depending on experience. We have a generous benefits package including group health insurance, dental benefits, unlimited vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.