Global Canopy

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Global Canopy is an innovative environmental organisation that works with companies, financial institutions, governments and civil society worldwide to identify and address the systemic market forces destroying the natural world.
Two-thirds of tropical deforestation, for instance, is driven by agricultural expansion for a handful of commodities, like soy, palm oil, beef and timber. These end up in half the packaged products in UK supermarkets. They are in our furniture and our footwear, our investments and our pensions.
Last year’s dramatic Amazon fires have brought the issue home like never before, outside pressure - the pressure of global markets - is vital if these forests are to survive. This is where Global Canopy comes in.
Operating since 2001, we are a UK charity, with a team of 25 staff based in Oxford, with smaller teams based in Brazil and Indonesia. We also have established and long-standing partnerships with many of the leading organisations operating in the environmental protection space worldwide including the UNEP Finance Initiative, Stockholm Environmental Institute, and WWF. We are supported by the leading donors focused on the environment and climate, including the Norwegian, UK, German, and Swiss Governments, and the Moore Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, and CLUA.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to accelerate the global transition to a deforestation-free economy

Program Details

We take a novel approach to address the systemic market forces destroying nature, targeting key pressure points in the economic system. Specifically, we focus on improving the transparency and accountability of global supply chains and the trillions of dollars in annual investment and lending that support them. Lack of data connecting markets to impacts on the ground has been cited by major companies and campaigners alike as one of the greatest barriers to progress.
To overcome this, we have partnered with leading research institutions worldwide to develop a portfolio of ground-breaking, environmental initiatives that address key gaps:
  • Supply chain data: our Trase initiative provides unprecedented supply chain traceability, linking consumer markets to deforestation on the ground. First, Trase identifies regions of production for commodities driving deforestation. Second, it names the companies handling the import and export of these commodities. Lastly, it connects this trade to identify the market of import. This level of detail was previously impossible to track and is vital for companies, governments and civil society to tackle social and environmental impacts.
  • Corporate performance data: our Forest 500 initiative identifies and ranks the 500 companies and financial institutions worldwide with the biggest influence to halt commodity-driven tropical deforestation. We collect over 180,000 data points on corporate policies in over 14 languages to assess the strength and progress of corporate commitments to end deforestation. Forest 500 data is used by many of the key initiatives that seek to track corporate progress on this issue, and is used by the best performers themselves to benchmark their progress.
  • Ecosystem dependency data: our ENCORE initiative provides a unique approach for financial institutions to estimate and explore the dependence of their portfolios on nature, and assess the growing risks posed to them by climate change and habitat loss. The framework we developed for ENCORE with PwC was adopted by the World Economic Forum as the basis for their influential January 2020 report ‘Nature Risk Rising’.
This unique body of information, taken alongside the strong networks we have built up over the last 20 years, is at the heart of our work to:
  • enable leading companies, financial institutions and governments to identify and tackle their impacts and dependencies on nature through their operations, supply chains and investments.
  • improve accountability by shining a light on the most powerful players that are failing to address the social and environmental harm they are causing.
Our work is used by Fortune 500 companies, global investors and lenders, and by governments and civil society worldwide. Our insights are also taken up by major campaigning organisations (a recent IDH report mentions our work over 50 times, for instance) and the media. Over the last year, our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Financial Times, O Estado do São Paulo, and the New Scientist among many others.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
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Global Canopy, Frewin Court
Oxford, null OX1 3HZ
United Kingdom
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