Each year we assesses hundreds of the world's foremost tropical timber and pulp companies on their public disclosure of important environmental and social governance (ESG) related information, such as robust zero-deforestation and conversion policies, clear procedures to ensure free prior informed consent (FPIC), and measures to safeguard threatened species. This ultimately aims to address the major global conservation challenges of commodity-driven tropical deforestation and biodiversity loss.
My specific role involves managing this assessment process and engaging with assessed companies to encourage further disclosures and improved practices. Success to me would be transparent and equitable timber and pulp supply chains that prioritise the conservation of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, tropical rainforests.
By publicly tracking company transparency, SPOTT aims to incentivise greater disclosure and implementation of corporate best-practice. Investors, buyers and other key influencers can use SPOTT assessments to inform stakeholder engagement, manage ESG risk, and increase transparency within the tropical forestry sector. Ultimately our work aims to improve the practices of the world's largest tropical timber and pulp companies - those that have a major influence on the future of tropical rainforests, as well as the people and animals that inhabit and depend upon them.