Projects Cattle


Cattle is the single largest deforestation driver worldwide, posing threats on the Earth’s natural systems and risking the stability of the Amazon rainforest. Additionally, cattle ranching is connected to a range of social and environmental impacts, including slavery, corruption, high GHG emissions and unsustainable water consumption. Since 2013, Aidenvironment’s Intelligence System has built a robust dataset of cattle farms, slaughterhouses and meat processors. With local partners, we trace meat products from supermarkets to the slaughterhouse of origin and map direct and indirect suppliers to the meatpackers. We have used our Intelligence System to increase data access on the deforestation footprint of cattle producers, meatpackers and supermarket chains.

Chain Reaction Research

Commodities: palm oil, soy, cattle, farmland investments
Geography: Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil
Target Audience: financial institutions, asset managers, investors, banks, financial regulators, companies
Date: 2014 to present

In 2014, Aidenvironment with its partners Profundo, Climate Advisers, and Green Century launched Chain Reaction Research (CRR), a program that educates financial sector actors on deforestation as a material financial risk, with a goal to motivate them to integrate sustainability in their investment criteria and demand deforestation-free production from portfolio companies. CRR makes use of a proprietary framework that includes extensive deforestation and supply chain monitoring systems, as well as a model to identify and quantify the business and financial risks associated with deforestation.

Rapid Response Deforestation Monitoring – Brazil

Commodities: soy, cattle, cocoa
Geography: Brazil, Paraguay, Ivory Coast
Target Audience: companies across the supply chain (traders, producers), CSOs, NGOs, media
Date: 2018 to present

Rapid Response Deforestation Monitoring System (RRDMS) provides actionable and near real-time reporting on deforestation activities to improve the public availability of deforestation data and act as an accountability system that strengthens the implementation of no-deforestation policies by commodity buyers and producers. The project targets commodity buyers and commodity producers to adopt and implement “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” (NDPE) policies. This gets shape by producing high-quality and credible rapid-response deforestation reports to identify near-real time deforestation and stop detractors in their tracks as deforestation is happening.

PRI / Ceres

Commodities: soy, cattle
Geography: Brazil
Target Audience: financial institutions, asset managers, investors, banks, financial regulators
Date: 2018 to 2021

Aidenvironment has conducted two benchmark assessments of companies exposed to deforestation risks in the soy and cattle supply chains in Brazil. These benchmark assessments supported the efforts of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and Ceres. These two responsible investment networks coordinate collaborative engagement processes to address deforestation driven by soft commodity value chains, including soy and cattle.

Risks in the cattle supply chain

Aidenvironment analyzed companies from three segments of the cattle supply chain: 1) Processors & Meatpackers, 2) Clothing & Apparel and 3) Retail & Food Service. Companies were scored on four sets of pre-defined indicators, including Policy & Strategy; Implementation; Disclosure; and Performance. Each company was systematically analyzed by the information provided to investors on its website.

Risks in the soy supply chain

Aidenvironment conducted a systematic assessment of 50 publicly traded companies with exposure to the Latin American soy supply chain. Aidenvironment developed and reviewed a tailor-made set of benchmarking indicators and scoring methodology. It then assessed the zero-deforestation approaches of these companies on the basis of this methodology.

Benchmark aligned with Accountablilty Framework principles

Aidenvironment conducted annual benchmark studies of influential players in the soy and beef supply chains in 2019 and 2020. Updated in 2019, the benchmark criteria were aligned with the Accountability Framework to reflect best practices on zero-deforestation in commodity value chains. The annual benchmarks monitored companies’ progress against their sustainability commitments and practices, highlighting leaders and laggards in each sector. In 2020, Aidenvironment provided insights based on its in-house knowledge and continuous monitoring of key companies.