Supply chain actors have embarked on a process to level the playing field towards sustainability. But to what level? Where is the bar for sustainability set? In the case of deforestation and trade, the concept of zero deforestation has been appealing to many for its simplicity. However:
- Some stakeholders may oppose the concept, especially in places where strict forest protection is seen as a barrier to the realisation of local aspirations for agricultural development.
- In practice, the rigorous application of zero deforestation criteria at scale can be impractical with the data available.
In data-scarce environments, the efforts needed to address the last percentages of deforestation risk are exponential and may be a distraction from more effective action.
Identification of risky portions of the soy supply chain in Mato Grosso with a risk threshold of 75% (i.e., to reduce soy deforestation risks by 75%). EFI analysis based on Vasconcelos et al. (2020) and Trase data.