Forestry sector cultivates SDG action plan

Forestry sector cultivates SDG action plan

What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be met by 2030, and policymakers all over the world are working to meet that deadline with the support of private-sector partners. The forestry roadmap, meant to accelerate corporate action among pulp and paper companies primarily, was the result of a year and a half of collaboration between World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) member companies, NGOs and other stakeholders.

Forestry in SDG action plan

With scrutiny around corporate strategies related to deforestation intensifying, a select group of companies representing the forestry sector have published the latest in a series of industry-specific guides meant to help meaningful corporate action take root.

The Forest Sector Roadmap, launched in mid-July during a gathering in New York, is the latest in a series of publications coordinated by the WBCSD and intended to help companies map their sustainability agendas to the SDG.

Francisco Ruiz-Tagle, CEO of multinational forestry company CMPC, and one of the 11 paper and forestry companies that make up the WBCSD’s Forest Solutions Group, believes that companies like his, especially within the forest sector, can be powerful allies to policymakers in meeting the SDGs — when they choose to take action.

“Working on sustainable forest management is a tremendous opportunity for this industry, and of course this industry has 35 of the most important companies in the world,” he said. “But we have a lot of room to grow to enhance our reforestation and restoration efforts, for instance, which is of course very connected to climate change, given the ability of trees to capture carbon.” Read more…

Source: article, July 29, 2019