At this point it would be good to remind ourselves that COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, and that deforestation is the major driver of zoonotic diseases making the jump to humans. So, if it wasn’t so tragic it would be ironic that to escape a zoonotic pandemic the rich are driving up the demand for luxury timber, which results in even more deforestation. It looks like we may not have to wait for too long for the next pandemic to come along!
This is just one more example of a luxury business making massive profits while governments allow them to have frankly ‘gobsmackingly crap’ supply chain transparency (I couldn’t think of another way to express it which didn’t use foul language). Smuggling timber is an industrial scale operation, which involves massive financial flows, it shouldn’t be too hard to follow the money. As a result, it should be easy to monitor and control, especially since source, transit and destination countries and businesses are known.
Back to the social commentators mentioned at the beginning of the article, with one reflecting that the inequality seen as a result of the pandemic “represent evidence of policy failure”. HowToSpendItEthically.Org would say most certainly, particularly given the growing evidence of green crime in company supply chains.