Forest reports

The Hongmu Challenge

A briefing for the 66th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, January 2016. Hongmu is the Chinese term for high-end reproduction furniture made from richly hued durable tropical hardwoods, a sector posting a significant threat to the timber species targeted.

Front cover of our report entitled Who Watches the Watchmen? Auditors and the breakdown of oversight in the RSPO

Who Watches the Watchmen?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is an industry body formed in 2004 with a mission to reassure consumers that palm oil bearing its certificate of approval is free from links with primary forest destruction, damage to endangered species’ habitats or abuses of the rights of indigenous peoples and communities

Banking on Extinction

This report reveals that despite adopting polices to keep it from financing deforestation, the UK bank HSBC is nevertheless a leading financier of the palm oil industry – and provides loans worth hundreds of millions of dollars to some of its worst elements