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Deforestation and degradation of vast swaths of land for commodities such as palm oil, pulp and paper, cattle, soy, timber, and rubber is responsible for almost one quarter of all global greenhouse gas emissions and for unprecedented species extinction.

Simultaneously, the occupation of vast areas of land for industrial plantation agriculture is a leading cause of violent land conflicts due to its frequent dispossession and displacement of local and indigenous communities.

Simply put, if we want to limit the catastrophic impacts of climate change, reduce our impact on the world’s biodiversity, and respect the rights of indigenous peoples, protecting the world’s remaining forests is key.

Deforestation isn’t just bad for the planet. Increasingly, it’s risky business. Companies engaged in deforestation, land grabbing and human rights violations expose themselves and their shareholders to significant financial risks from stalled business operations, reputational damage, and legal liabilities.

The industries that drive most deforestation, especially in the tropics, are palm oil, paper/pulp, rubber, timber, cattle, and soy. If it were up to you, your money probably wouldn’t be invested in these industries. But would you know it if it was? Your answer matters, because as Bill McKibben has said, "if it's wrong to wreck the planet, then it's wrong to profit from that wreckage."

Deforestation Free Funds can help get your money out of deforestation.

Deforestation Free Funds is a search platform that informs and empowers everyday people, consumers, and investors to make decisions aligned with their values. It lets you see if your savings are invested in companies and sectors driving deforestation, shows you how to take action to get fund managers to implement more sustainable investment policies, and helps you find investment options that support an environmentally-friendly future.

How to align your investments with your values
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Search for mutual funds and ETFs by name, ticker, or asset manager. We have thousands of the most commonly held U.S. mutual funds in our database.
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See how much money your funds have invested in deforestation - whether in agricultural commodity producers and traders, the banks who finance them, or the brands who use those commodities in their products.
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Look in our database for fund options with lower levels of investment in deforestation-risk companies.
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If you have a financial advisor or retirement plan manager, show them these results. Ask them to assist you in aligning your investments with your values.
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Index funds
Passively managed investment funds that track market indexes have seen significant fund inflows over the past decade. These indexes, from firms like from S&P Global Ratings, Russell/FTSE, and MSCI, are increasingly setting our economy on autopilot and pumping capital into unsustainable business models. Below are the deforestation grades for 10 common index funds.
IndexRated asDeforestation grade
Russell 1000IWBC
Russell 2000IWMB
Russell 3000IWVC
Russell Top 200IWLC
MSCI Emerging MarketsEEMD
Target date funds
Target date funds are groups of funds, where each fund in the series targets a different mix of stocks and bonds for investors with different retirement time horizons. The default option in employer-offered retirement plans is often a target date fund series. Below are 20 of the largest target date fund series, rated using the 2050 fund.

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