Assessment of the total area deforested in 2020 due to group Éxito’s activities in Columbia
As a reminder, group Éxito buys between 6.5% and 10% of all the meat sold in Columbia.
The share of meat produced in Columbia for local consumption is 97%. It is therefore possible to know the total volume of Columbian meat bought by group Éxito.
Deforestation in Columbia has reached a total of 160 000 ha of tropical forests in 2020 according to Global Forest Watch. Moreover, cattle breeding, the largest source of deforestation, is responsible for
70% of this deforestation.
We can therefore assume that group Éxito is responsible for approximately 7 200 ha of déforestation in 2020 because of its purchase of beef products, which is more than 10 000 of internal football fields.
This figure alone should compel the group to implement a strong policy as soon as possible. This is an estimation based on general statistics and assumptions for deforestation allocation. It does not take into account more precise data regarding the origin of cattle procured by group Éxito.