GRSB Working Group on Land Use Change 

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The Joint Working Group on Forests (JWG) began as a technical working group of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) and the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock (GTPS), focused on engagement and collaboration to address forest-related issues in cattle supply chains. Led by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the JWG serves in an advisory role to the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) on efforts to mobilize resources to achieve zero-net deforestation by 2020. 

This group represents one of the strengths of a Roundtable approach. The CGF was keen to develop work on the issue of deforestation, as the beef industry (and related leather industry) plays a major role in deforestation, particularly in the Amazon. CGF approached GRSB to assist in this regard and together with GTPS and a group of companies from CGF, the Joint Working Group serves as a forum for information sharing and communications for Brazilian and international stakeholders. (Lead: Nathalie Walker, NWF)


  • Understand the conditions under which cattle contribute to deforestation and barriers to improving systems ensuring deforestation-free supply chains, including technological (monitoring, traceability etc.) and policy barriers. Explore technical (GIS, traceability etc.) and policy measures that contribute to the goal of removing deforestation from the cattle product supply chain. Research and develop ways to address deforestation in ranches who indirectly supply slaughterhouses. 
  • Secure supplies of beef and leather without encouraging deforestation.
  • Facilitate cattle product supply chains that can be verified as being deforestation-free.
  • Provide a venue for all relevant, interested stakeholders to share information.

The JWG objectives were developed and agreed upon through collaboration between the GRSB and the GTPS in 2012. 

The JWG is made up of an internationally diverse group of stakeholders, including members from all stages of the global supply chain. We support collaboration and are dedicated to providing an open forum for communication among all relevant stakeholders. As such, participation in the JWG does not imply agreement with any particular viewpoint or commitment.


Read GTPS's White Paper "Mechanisms for Control and Mitigation of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Biome" here.


To participate or to request more information, please contact:

Nathalie Walker,

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