Since 1990, our planet has lost about 129 million hectares of forest, an area equivalent in size to South Africa. Much of this deforestation is driven by agricultural commodity production, a sector that is responsible for between 19% to 29% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Not only is this deforestation associated with a myriad of environmental and social impacts— from ecosystem degradation to land rights violations to climate change— but these impacts create real operational and material risks for companies and their investors.

Ceres builds investor and business leadership to protect forests around the globe. We work with global institutional investors to engage directly with food and agriculture companies on deforestation risks and to invest in companies with strong no-deforestation commitments.


  • "Zooming In": a February 2018 analysis by Forest Trends' Supply Change Initiative and Ceres about how companies that are committed to addressing commodity-driven deforestation are tracing supplies to their origin to determine the impact their supply chains have on forests.
  • Engage the Chain: an overview of the key operational, reputational and market risks to companies associated with deforestation.

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Investors Talk Deforestation: Q&A with Julie Gorte, Impax AM
Julie Gorte is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds. She oversees environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as the firm’s shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy. Julie recently spoke with Ceres about how she engages with companies on deforestation and...
Dec 12, 2020 10:20 AM ET
Investors Talk Deforestation: Q&A With Lauren Compere, Boston Common Asset Management
Lauren Compere is a managing director and director of shareholder engagement at Boston Common Asset Management, a management firm specializing in responsible investing with $2.8 billion in assets under management. Ceres talked with Lauren about deforestation and climate change and how her firm is engaging banks and other companies on these systemic financial risks. It comes as ...
Oct 6, 2020 11:35 AM ET
As Deforestation Escalates in the Amazon, Ceres Releases Major New Investor Framework to Drive Urgent Corporate Action
New research shows commodity-driven deforestation is associated with five percent of global emissions; and deforestation in Amazon rose 50 percent in the first four months of 2020 as the economy began to collapse  New Ceres’ Investor Guide to Deforestation and Climate Change calls on investors to tackle...
Jun 29, 2020 3:10 PM ET
Fires in the Amazon: Why Investors Are Calling on Companies to Help End Deforestation
Images of the Amazon rainforests engulfed by smoke and flames that spread across the globe in recent months were a clear signal about the growing urgency to tackle devastating deforestation. The ongoing destruction reminded us of the need to ensure that we all do our part to protect the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest.  Tropical rainforests play a critical role in tackling the...
Oct 22, 2019 1:35 PM ET
230 Investors With USD $16.2 Trillion in AUM Call for Corporate Action on Deforestation, Signaling Support for the Amazon
September 18, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Today, 230 institutional investors representing USD $16.2 trillion in assets under management are calling on companies to take urgent action in light of the devastating fires in the Amazon, which have been fueled in part because of the deforestation happening at an alarming rate in Brazil and Bolivia. “It is with deep concern that we follow the...
Sep 18, 2019 10:40 AM ET