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Companies aren’t showing whether their environmental promises have any impact

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Oak saplings grow in tree guards in Montmorency Forest in France on Thursday, September 17th, 2020.  | Image: Cyril Marcilhacy / Bloomberg via Getty Images

A lot of companies that have pledged to restore ecosystems aren’t showing results, according to a new analysis of 100 of the world’s biggest businesses. They might have promised to plant trees and help dwindling forests gain more ground, but many of those companies have made vague commitments and aren’t sharing enough information to track their progress.

There’s so little transparency that it’s virtually impossible to know whether companies’ environmental commitments are having any positive impact. “Put simply, the evidence base supporting large corporations’ claims about ecosystem restoration is wholly insufficient,” says the analysis published today in the journal Science.

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