Wildfires in the Amazon
Coalition of companies engaged in the fight against
tropical deforestation, the Alliance for the Preservation of Forests monitors
the situation of the Brazilian Amazon for several months. The intensity of the
forest fires occurred in August 2019 has unfortunately confirmed our worries
for the preservation of the rainforest, but also indigenous peoples and animal
species living there.
In accordance with its charter *, the Alliance for the
Preservation of Forests recommends to its members the implementation of a
scrupulous analysis of their supply chains from Brazil, especially for natural
agricultural raw materials. Alliance member companies are therefore getting
closer to their suppliers in order to obtain guarantees regarding the
non-association of their supplies with the recent deforestation. Without these
guarantees, deliveries will be declared non-compliant and will require a
corrective action plan (replacement, temporary or definitive alternative sourcing).
The Alliance for the Preservation of Forests is convinced
that the fight against deforestation can only be effective if it is treated by
a territorial and multi-sector approach, in collaboration with all
stakeholders. As such, the Alliance welcomes the work of NGOs to highlight
providers contributing to this deforestation. The Alliance is also involved in
initiatives such as developing satellite monitoring, strengthening
certification systems, improving traceability and field verification.
* Excerpt from the Alliance for the Preservation of
Forests Charter: “Are considered to be non-compliant the production,
supplies or investments associated with deforestation, conversion of natural
ecosystems, the appropriation of lands or resources of indigenous peoples or
local communities; and required accordingly corrective actions.