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  • March 2, 2022 •

    African Oil Palm Expansion Slows, Reputation Risks Remain for FMCGs

    Although West and Central Africa have been promising regions for large-scale palm oil production, expansion has not gone as planned. Only a handful of companies control industrial palm oil production and will likely drive expansion, but on a smaller scale and at a slower pace than originally anticipated. Nevertheless, these companies have been linked to …

  • December 9, 2021 •

    Latin American Palm Oil Linked to Social Risks, Local Deforestation

    In the light of environmental and social sustainability concerns in relation to palm oil from Southeast Asia, several Latin American countries see an opportunity to open export markets as they present palm oil from the region as a more sustainable option. However, social and environmental sustainability concerns are also prominent in the Latin American sector …

  • December 7, 2021 •

    Palm Oil Production in Brazilian Amazon Threatens NDPE Commitments

    Oil palm growers in Brazil have argued that palm oil production is a “green solution” to safeguard the Amazon as a result of planting on areas already degraded and cleared only before 2008. While palm oil production in the Brazilian Amazon has relatively lower environmental impacts than soy and beef, this paper shows how also …

  • August 17, 2021 •

    Several Large Indonesian Palm Oil Companies Also Have Risky Mining Businesses

    Indonesia is among the world’s largest mining countries. It is also a country of conglomerate companies with interests in various businesses, including deforestation-related sectors such as oil palm, industrial trees and mining. This report aims to shed a light on overlapping company groups in the Indonesian palm oil and mining sectors. Some large palm oil …

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  • March 23, 2022 •

    WEBINAR: The Changing Context of Indonesian Deforestation: Explaining Declining Rates and Remaining Threats

     Chain Reaction Research held a webinar on April 14th to share our research on deforestation in Indonesia that is attributed to the development of oil palm plantations. Palm oil-driven deforestation has fallen to its lowest level in four years in 2021. The declining deforestation rates for oil palm in Indonesia are promising. However, recent …

  • March 2, 2022 • •

    WEBINAR: Explaining African Palm Oil’s Risks & Inability to Grow

    The palm oil industry had high hopes for palm oil production to expand across Africa. But by the end of 2019 concessions across the continent were nearly half of what they were in 2016, and only 8% of those concessions have been developed into plantations according to recent estimates. Despite its slow growth, the palm …

  • December 6, 2021 • •

    WEBINAR: Palm Oil Production in Latin America & Its Links to NDPE Violations

    In the light of environmental and social sustainability concerns in relation to palm oil from Southeast Asia, several Latin American countries see the opportunity to open export markets as they present palm oil from the region as a more sustainable option. However, social and environmental sustainability concerns are also prominent in the Latin American sector …

  • September 30, 2021 • •

    WEBINAR: Why Cross-Commodity No-Deforestation Policies Are Essential for Palm Oil Buyers

    Chain Reaction Research held a webinar on October 21st, 2021 looking into a recent Aidenvironment report that documented 133,000 hectares of deforestation since 2016 that are significant producers of palm oil. The event focused on the need for more palm oil buyers’ No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policies to be applied across all …

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Chain Reaction Research conducts free sustainability risk analysis for financial analysts, credit analysts, commercial bankers, institutional investors, corporations, and other stakeholders. Our special focus is demonstrating that deforestation is material financial risk. We focus on tropical deforestation-related commodities including palm oil, soy, cattle, coffee, cacao, timber pulp and paper, and other products. We are funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) scheme managed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), and the Moore Charitable Foundation. Chain Reaction Research statements and materials do not necessarily reflect the standpoints of the Packard Foundation, the Moore Foundation or Norad.

 

 

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