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15 Mar 2021

Greenpeace report finds certification schemes have failed to stop ecosystem destruction & human rights abuses

The report "Destruction: Certified", published by Greenpeace on 10 March 2021, aims to assess the effectiveness of certification for land-based commodities (e.g. palm oil, wood and soy for animal feed) as an instrument to address global deforestation, forest degradation and associated human rights abuses. The analysis concludes that certification is not a solution to deforestation, forest degradation and other ecosystem conversion.

With the European Commission expected to publish a draft law aimed at reducing EU-driven global deforestation before the summer, Greenpeace is urging the EU not to count on certification as a way to demonstrate compliance with legal requirements.

The report and responses Greenpeace received from the schemes analysed are available below.