Sustainable sourcing in forests and marine environments

22 May 2014

Read about our work to ensure that we are sourcing sustainably from forests and marine environments.

Forests are home to some of the most complex ecosystems and play an important role in regulating the earth’s climate.

According to WWF, tropical forests are home to over 300 million people around the world and 1.6 billion people depend on these forests for their livelihoods. They are also home to 80% of the terrestrial biodiversity on the planet. We have committed, through our work with the Consumer Goods Forum, to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. In line with this, we have prioritised four key commodities that are globally recognised as driving deforestation: palm oil; cattle products; soy and timber products (including paper, pulp and packaging). 

For each commodity we are mapping our value chain to help us develop sustainable sourcing options and drive action at both a company and industry level. There are major challenges in achieving this target and so it is important that we work in partnership with other retailers, brands and our suppliers.

Marine environments are integral to human societies, providing food and playing an important role in regulating the climate.

Worldwide fish stocks are being depleted as a result of overfishing. In addition, some fishing practices cause damage to the physical marine environment or result in by-catch – that is, marine species unintentionally caught in fishing nets. 

Over the last year, significant concerns have been raised over the way that some fish are caught. Through our responsible seafood sourcing strategy, we are working with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership – a fisheries expert NGO – to assess the sustainability of all our fisheries. This will help to ensure that our sourcing practices do not contribute to overuse or destruction of the marine environment.