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A quick glimpse of what happened at TFT in 2016

Cameroon’s largest employer shows change is possible

TFT helped SOSUCAM - a sugar cane company, and Cameroon’s largest employer, to improve working conditions for staff and build relationships with the local community. SOSUCAM’s staff are now happier in their jobs and the local community feels more respected. Watch this short TFT film showing how that change has happened. 

TFT global update 

Unprecedented accuracy from Starling 

TFT has developed a service providing unprecedented accuracy on how well companies are protecting forests. Starling, developed with Airbus Defence and Space and Sarvision, uses high-resolution optical satellite and radar imagery to provide unbiased monitoring of forest cover change. The technology will help companies, like Ferrero and Nestlé, who are the first Starling customers, meet the promises set out in their forest conservation policies. Find out more here

More commit to protecting forests 

2016 saw us begin work with more companies. This included four new palm oil members – Japanese food manufacturer Fuji Oil, leading merchants and processors of agricultural goods, Louis Dreyfus Company and global baking company Grupo Bimbo began work with us to support their palm oil suppliers improve their practices.

Leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products Clorox became a TFT member. The company identifying 12 key suppliers that it will focus on to help achieve supply chain traceability.
Global brand and chocolate company Lindt & Sprüngli began working with us on cocoa. We will support them to strengthen farming practices in their supply chain in cocoa producing countries, including Ecuador, Ghana and Madagascar. While UK-based building product suppliers, Brett and London Stone joined our Responsible Stone Programme. 

TFT Newsmakers

BBC interviews Bastien Sachet 

TFT CEO Bastien Sachet believes Starling offers a tool for good suppliers to know they are doing well in protecting forests. He was interviewed as part of BBC Radio 4's Costing the Earth programme about protecting forests. Bastien also spoke to Mongabay in an article about Starling, which you can read here.

Company in the spotlight

Ferrero's palm oil work

By 2016, Ferrero had traced its supply chain to 99.5 % of the plantations it sources its palm oil from. It now knows the names and whereabouts of the estates and the parent companies that manage those plantations. This palm oil supply comes from 63 mills and 301 plantations. The vast majority of which originates from Malaysia. But confusion remains about palm oil, with many consumers thinking they should boycott it. We believe that palm oil isn’t the problem, how it’s produced is. We explain more in this blog

Winds of change

Day in the life of a TFT-er out in the field

TFT works with global companies to protect forests and the people living and working in them. Much of our work is out in the field. So what is life like out there, miles from the comforts many of us are so used to? TFT’s Lisa Yambau explains in this short video.

One person making a big impact                    

After being haunted by a photo of a burnt orangutan, Lorinda Jane decided she had to do something. All she knew about palm oil was that it contributed to the orangutan's death. Inspired to research more about palm oil, she left her management job to found Australian NGO Palm Oil Investigations (POI) in 2013. Today POI have a following of nearly 200,000 on their Facebook page and have developed an app so consumers can scan the barcodes of products to see if the palm oil in them is associated with the destruction of forests. Listen to TFT founder Scott Poynton talking to Lorinda about POI in this podcast

Coming next 

TFT’s palm oil paper – explaining what we have learnt working out in the field with farmers, companies, communities and NGOs; and what direction that knowledge is taking us all in our work to tackle deforestation and exploitation. Our new series #PeopleOfPalmOil, in which we bring you stories of people affected by this commodity, their experiences and challenges trying to transform the palm oil industry for the better.
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