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August 9, 2009

Timberland plans to ban all leather supplies from the Amazon Biome

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The Greenpeace report — Slaughtering the Amazon — that reveals how supply chains for a number of footwear companies intersect with the deforestation in the Amazon Biome  has left a lasting impact on a few companies .

Slaughtering the Amazon

It was Nike first that issued an order to its suppliers that it will not use the leather coming from the cattle raised in Amazon Biome. Nike ordered its suppliers to create a leather tracking system by July1,2010. Following in the footsteps of Nike, it is Timberland that has vowed to clean up its leather supply chain ensuring that it will not contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in any manner.

Timberland is working closely with its suppliers in Brazil and in Bertin to ensure they have a readied plan that addresses their commitment to an immediate adjournment on deforestation in the Amazon Biome.

This moratorium also includes deferment from sourcing products from indigenous or protected lands or entities that bring get work done from slave labor.

Timberland wants all suppliers to commit by August 15 that they would end cattle expansion in the Amazon. Also ties would be severed with suppliers whose farms have contributed to the phenomenon after 2006-once a leather tracing and monitoring system is in place.

[via Greenbiz]

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