Happy holidays from the Efeca team!

Season’s Greetings from all of us at Efeca. It has been an exciting year for us as we not only opened a new office in Bournemouth, but expanded our team too! We welcomed new team members Jonathan Gorman and Judith Murdoch who have strengthened our reach into retail and other sectors, across a wider range of commodities.
 
Here are some of our highlights across the year:

Partnerships
We were delighted to become a TFA2020 partner, and to support the global umbrella partnership in their mission to reduce tropical deforestation related to key global commodities by 2020, starting with soy, beef, palm oil, and paper and pulp.

We continue working closely with Plan Vivo Foundation and Proforest, as Emily remains a Trustee of both initiatives.

Broad portfolio of commodities
We have been working on a wide raft of commodities this year including rubber, soya, coconut, sugar, coffee, cocoa, palm oil, timber and timber-related products.

Clients
This year, we worked with many old clients, including DfID, The Palladium Group, FSC and Rezatec, whilst gaining new clients too!

At the beginning of the year, we were commissioned by The Bank of England to conduct an independent review of the environmental and social impacts associated with potential plant-based alternatives to tallow including palm oil and coconut oil. This report was referred to across global media platforms, was used to support the public consultation process and helped inform The Bank to make its decision regarding the process ingredients of the polymer film for the new plastic banknotes.

We have been providing technical assistance and support on the Amsterdam Declarations to The Palladium Group, DfID, and Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) amongst others. This has included facilitating roundtables, providing technical assistance for sustainable palm oil and soya, as well as the recently published Industry’s Annual Progress Report for 2016 on certified sustainable palm oil consumption in the UK.

Continuing our long-term work with Rezatec funded by European Space Agency and other corporate partners, the Ninsar platform is helping companies make supply chain decisions, monitoring and measuring progress in their sustainable production commitments using earth observation data. It is the greater level of detail, and the expert analysis that sets apart Ninsar from others, building a picture of real-time and historical, environmental and social impacts of production to allow companies to bring confidence to their supply chain decisions.

Other work this year include writing market intelligence reports on a number of agricultural deforestation free commodities for clients, supporting RSPO with their Annual Communications of Progress (ACOP) reports, and continuing our work with Compliance and Risks to help companies manage global compliance requirements.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch at info@efeca.com

From everyone at Efeca,

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