Strengthening sustainable sourcing commitments: Early results on improving sustainability in the Brazilian beef industry

Cattle ranching remains a key driver of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The beef industry has been working to address the problem by improving sustainability in the value chain. Sector commitments such as the “G4” zero deforestation agreement and state level “terms of conduct adjustment” (TACs) have been established and are in place as a means to tackle these challenges.

There are, however, problems in how effective, comprehensive and impactful these commitments have been. Partnerships for Forests has provided support to a number of initiatives that are working with the Brazilian beef industry to strengthen these commitments and improve the environment for sustainable sourcing of cattle and beef. Whilst there is still much work to be done, important steps have been taken towards a more sustainable beef sector, and tools and resources are now available for those seeking to transition to sustainable, deforestation-free supply chains.