Global Canopy's new deforestation-free investment mandate can be a game changer for family offices and foundations to ensure their investments don’t undermine their philanthropic giving. In this blog, Alex Robertson discusses the need for family offices and foundations to ensure their investment portfolios are free from deforestation, conversion and associated human rights abuses and their new investment mandate to help do this.
Mission 2020: holding corporations to account for deforestation, and supporting communities on the ground
2020 is a 'Super Year', a year for bold action on forests, amongst other environmental and social issues. Can funders support NGOs as they hold corporations to account and support forest defenders on the ground?
If the people whose ancestral lands comprise the tropical forests of our planet emerge stronger from 2020 onwards, so will the world’s tropical forests. The vast majority of global biodiversity is found on indigenous territories, and these lands hold nearly 55 trillion metric tons of carbon. With key moments approaching in 2020, here are a few areas where concerted effort is needed to challenge power and change the system.
In an exclusive three-part blog series commissioned by the EFN Forest Funders group, we invite leading campaigners and advocates to look ahead to the 2020 ‘Super Year’ of global policy moments and ask: will forests emerge stronger or weaker out of it?
EFN’s Forest Funders Group has developed a methodology for mapping forest-related grants. The aim is to profile the flow of forest grants around specific issues, geographies and theories of change, and in doing so help funders to gain a better sense of forest philanthropy in the round, and reflect on the place of their portfolios within it. This trial analysis of a subset of grants offers some tantalising points for reflection.
As a funder working to save tropical forests, we’ve always had a focus on cleaning up our own back yard – namely driving deforestation out of the supply chains that suck huge amounts of paper, palm oil and timber out of rainforests (or rather, land that used to be rainforest) and dump the product into stores across Europe. But to quote one NGO director, “a campaign that doesn’t follow through is a campaign that didn’t win”. And with this in mind we embarked on the part that comes next – making policy and market commitments bite in countries that still have forests to chop down.