Utilizing the Forest 500 methodology, this scorecard ranks 29 retail companies (28 companies in 2016) on the following: (1) forest policy, (2) commodity specific policies for cattle and palm oil (palm oil was selected for comparative analysis), (3) operations and reporting, and (4) transparency. By objectively identifying and ranking retailers that have large-scale influence over beef and/or leather supply chains, the Forest 500 holds companies accountable for their actions. In both 2015 and 2016, only two companies† (Marks and Spencer and Walmart), representing about 7 percent of the group, achieved a ranking of 4 or 5 for cattle, whereas for palm oil, 15 companies, representing over 50 percent of the group achieved a ranking of 4 or 5. The results from this analysis indicate shortcomings and gaps in retailers’ commitments on beef and leather, highlighting that greater action is required to achieve zero deforestation cattle supply chains.
† In 2015, Burger King (now assessed as Restaurant Brands International) received 4 out of 5 points for cattle, however, this ranking was based on information that has been removed from the public domain. The 2015 scorecard has been updated to reflect this change.
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