Online training webinar series – Meat Production & Supply Chains

Part 1 – The impact of meat production in Latin America

May 27 – Our first webinar in collaboration with IUCN NL and WWF NL on livestock supply chains and deforestation was a success. Insights were shared with 32 participants about the situation in Paraguay including a more sectoral approach and the link with the financial sector. This first training laid the foundation for the next two webinars. Fabiana Arévalos, a program coordinator, and Araceli Duré, an analyst at Guyra Paraguay, shared their experience with working in the Gran Chaco ecoregion in Latin America. A lot of insight was given about the current situation in this area and how Guyra, as a local NGO, wants to tackle deforestation resulting from the production of livestock and soy. Fabiana emphasized the necessity of improved traceability, transparency and monitoring of the beef supply chain and that, due to the local legislation, much deforestation is taking place.

Simon Hall, Senior Manager – Tropical Forests & Agriculture at the National Wildlife Federation, is currently a representative of NWF on the Board of Directors of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). Simon provided information about the Joint Working Group on Land-Use Change (JWG) – aimed at helping to find solutions that protect forests and native vegetation and promote more sustainable livestock value chains. He presented nine important points for financial institutions concerning their contribution. Maria Lettini, Executive Director of the FAIRR initiative. Maria presented the work of FAIRR including the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index (assessment of the 60 largest animal protein related companies), 10 risk factors (including deforestation and biodiversity) and 31 KPIs. One of the most important findings is that most beef producing companies have no or very limited discussions about deforestation risks in their bovine supply chains. She stressed that there is no time to waste: there is an increase in deforestation, e.g. in Brazil, while at the same time sustainability is more prominent because of COVID19.

Part 2 – Actions from the supply chain focusing on deforestation and conversion-free portfolios

June 10 – This time the session focused specifically on prevention of deforestation and land conversion by companies in the supply chain. We had two speakers, each with from a different perspective. We invited WWF Brazil as an NGO and McDonalds (global) as a company. Bianca Nakamato, Conservation Analyst at WWF Brazil, started by refreshing our memories with a general overview of the risks associated with animal husbandry and in which regions we are dealing with deforestation and land conversion. After going into depth about the complexity of the beef supply chain, we switched to the activities of companies and how WWF Brazil collaborates with them in the Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA) program to improve policies and practices. Bianca concluded with next steps and the important aspects that investors can watch out for in companies. Rachael Sherman, Director of Global Sustainability at the McDonald’s Corporation started her story with an overview of McDonalds policies with a focus on the commitments they made regarding deforestation prevention. For this they work together with many initiatives, tools and frameworks to acquire knowledge and achieve their goal. They also work together with the program of WWF Brazil (CFA). McDonalds placed itself on the CFA scale and discussed what remains to be done. Rachael concluded with some lessons the company has learned over the years.

Part 3 – Identifying risks, tools and corporate engagement

June 24 – During our third webinar, with 25 participants, the theme was looked at from an investor perspective. We have given a practical insight into how ACTIAM identifies deforestation on different products, with a focus on animal husbandry. Second was UN PRI, who discussed how investors can achieve more together. In closing, we discussed questions investors still have after this three-part webinar series. Karina Carius de Barros, Responsible Investment Officer at ACTIAM focused on the impact of investments on land use. After a summary of ACTIAM’s Responsible Investment policy, she went deeper into the goal that ACTIAM has set for itself: no more deforestation in 2030. It is an ambitious goal, which is not yet being achieved. Partnerships and innovative tools are essential to understand the impact of landscape changes and to achieve the goal. Karina explained how ACTIAM uses the Satelligence tool to identify changes in the landscape and discussed the challenges she faces, such as obtaining reliable data. Tom Barron, Manager Stewardship at UN PRI, gave a comprehensive overview of what the organization has been working on with its members in recent years. As of 2017, it has set benchmarks, launched investor statements, formed manifestos and engaged. Secondly, he focused on what investors can focus on when talking to companies that are directly or indirectly linked to animal husbandry in Latin America. He concluded with the key findings from the conversations they conducted with their members.

Presentations

The presentations from the webinars are available directly below (ENG):