Selected Research and Publications

Solid research is a cornerstone of our work.

The first step in a campaign to shift corporate behaviour often involves identifying the exact size, scope and nature of the problem we're working to change, and pinpointing a company's potential to change its behaviour in a way that would have significant impacts on forest protection or climate pollution. Over the past 15 years, we have worked with more than 90 clients on hundreds of investigative research projects.

Although the vast majority of our research is confidential, we’ve also contributed to some publicly available reports for clients, as well as publications for our own campaigns. In the last year, our Stand campaigns have tracked supposedly-recyclable Starbucks cups from a coffee chain straight to the Denver landfill, uncovered shocking air pollution levels on the deck of Carnival's cruise ships, and made connections between air pollution impacts around the world and the coal used to power Levi's factories.

Download a selection of our research and publications here:

08 Oct 2019
In the lead-up to the Canadian federal election, we analyzed the climate plans for the four major political parties.  Our research reveals that none of the parties’ platforms do enough to stop the expansion of the oil and gas industry, and that without adequate supply-side policies to st
16 Sep 2019
This report reviews the expected timeline for the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and some of the most troubling hotspots for construction. The public has a right to know what construction will look like and what the social and ecological impacts will be. It shows that Canadian federal government faces bigger construction challenges than previously thought
20 Feb 2019
STAND.EARTH & NRDC JOINT PUBLICATION – Our new report and scorecard takes Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, and Georgia-Pacific to task for destroying North American forests and exacerbating the world’s climate crisis by using zero recycled content in their toilet paper. 
24 Jan 2019
STAND.EARTH REPORT – The study measures ultrafine and nanoparticulate pollution on the deck of four Carnival Corporation ships operating under the Carnival, Holland America, and Princess lines.  
09 Dec 2018
Oil and gas emissions in Canada are rising. Yet oil and gas companies in Canada continue to delay Canada’s climate plan, reap more federal subsidies, and continue to increase oil production.
25 Apr 2018
STAND.EARTH REPORT – Levi’s Pollution, the Booming Fashion Industry, and its Role in Deaths from Air Pollution and Climate Change. On 31 July, 2018, Levi’s made a commitment to reduce 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain by 2025, setting a new standard on climate commitments in the apparel industry. The contents of this report have been updated to reflect Levi’s
13 Jun 2017
STAND.EARTH REPORT –  Four billion Starbucks paper cups end up in landfills every year, despite Starbucks’ promises to serve a 100% recyclable cup. Update: The day before its 2018 annual shareholder meeting, Starbucks announced a new commitment to create a recyclable cup by 2021.
18 Nov 2016
REPORT FOR OCEANA – We authored this report after a three month analysis of fishing practices in the lucrative Mediterranean swordfish market. After finding that illegal fishing was potentially widespread, Oceana used our research to advocate for the adoption of a recovery plan for the depleted and Mediterranean swordfish. A recovery plan was adopted by the EU in 2018.
01 Sep 2016
AMAZON WATCH REPORT – We contributed research to the Amazon Watch report "From Well to Wheel: The Social, Environmental, and Climate Costs of Amazon Crude"
01 Jan 2015
DATABASE FOR EPN – Over the course of three years, we researched and built a database of Indonesian Forest Products for the Environmental Paper Network.