The recent recognition and growing support among global companies to tackle soy and cattle driven deforestation in Brazil’s Cerrado, once again shows SAI Platform’s members’ commitment to sustainable agriculture.
On 25th October 2017, 23 global companies including SAI Platform members: Ahold Delhaize, Marks & Spencer, McDonalds, Tesco Stores, and Unilever launched a Statement of Support (SoS) for the objectives of the Cerrado Manifesto; a call to action to halt deforestation and native vegetation loss in Brazil’s Cerrado.
Since then, the number of companies now pledging support is at 61 including more of SAI Platform’s members: Barry Callebaut, Danone, Kellogg Company, Mars Inc., Nestlé and Migros. This significant milestone of global industry support will be marked during a meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, hosted by the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020.
The aim of the SoS for the Cerrado Manifesto is to promote more resilient agriculture and land planning practices in the region. Individual company actions alongside collaborative programmes are important and must continue, however the signatories also recognise the importance of highlighting the role policy plays in driving agricultural development and conservation priorities.
SAI Platform welcomes the opportunity to help raise awareness among our members and encourages interest and support for the Cerrado Manifesto.
For more information:
Fiona Wheatley, Sustainable Development Manager, M&S
Fiona.Wheatley@marks-and-spencer.com | +44 7769 542 678