09 September 2015

Help protect #ThingsThatMatter

The HCV Network, The Nature Conservancy and WWF with support from SIDA, Tetra Pak, Solidaridad Network and RSPO have launched a video and microsite to raise awareness about the importance of protecting High Conservation Values in production landscapes.

Farms, forests and plantations provide us with food and essential products like timber, paper and fuel. But they aren’t factories: they’re part of natural landscapes that are home to other species and provide vital services to people.

So it’s important to identify and protect the things within these landscapes that are most valuable for people and nature. We call these High Conservation Values or HCVs.

Who cares about HCV?

Protecting HCVs is a priority for voluntary certification schemes such as those of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Many large companies are increasingly sourcing certified commodities. Similarly, a number of international banks insist upon their clients obtaining certification. These include members of the Consumer Goods Forum – which represents over 400 of the world’s largest retailers, manufacturers and service providers – and 10 leading banks that have signed a Compact to drive deforestation out of supply chains by 2020.

More than 50 companies have made HCV protection part of their procurement policy for all commodities, not just those covered by certification schemes.

But many forestry and agriculture projects still go ahead without any HCV assessment. And that means many important habitats, ecosystems and cultural sites are at risk of destruction.

Help us protect #ThingsThatMatter

The HCV Network, The Nature Conservancy and WWF with support from SIDA, Tetra Pak, Solidaridad Network and RSPO have launched a video and microsite to raise awareness about the importance of protecting High Conservation Values in production landscapes. The microsite invites companies to step up and take action.

Help us protect #ThingsThatMatter by watching the video and sharing the website with your colleagues and your networks!

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