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. We also regularly contribute to and commission reports, which are included below and listed by author.

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 below.

23 Apr 2020

STAND.EARTH REPORT — Our new investigation sounds the alarm about the threat of Canada’s growing wood pellet export industry to forests and the climate, showing that wood pellets are being made from whole trees from inland rainforests in British Columbia, and exported to overseas markets like the UK and Japan where they are burned for power generation.


28 Jan 2020

INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON CLEAN TRANSPORTATION (ICCT) REPORT - As the shipping sector grapples with its enormous climate footprint, this report reveals that liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship engines, particularly for cruise ships, emit 70%-82% more life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the short-term compared to clean distillate fuels.

19 Oct 2019

STAND.EARTH REPORT - We ranked the climate commitments of 45 top fashion companies who have joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the UN Fashion Charter or the G7 Fashion Pact. 
Explore the interactive report card to see which brands are leading on climate and which are falling behind.

08 Oct 2019

STAND.EARTH REPORT - 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.

16 Sep 2019

STAND.EARTH REPORT - This investigative report reveals how the Canadian federal government faces bigger construction challenges with the Trans Mountain Pipeline than previously thought, and calls into question the construction timeline for the project. 

20 Feb 2019

STAND.EARTH & NRDC REPORT – Our 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 – A new investigative report released today details the shocking findings of a two-year study exposing extremely poor air quality on four Carnival Corporation ships that can be worse than some of the world’s most polluted cities including Beijing, China and Santiago, Chile.


09 Dec 2018

STAND.EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE REPORT - A report released at COP 24 shows oil and gas emissions in Canada are rising, and that oil and gas companies in Canada are systematically weakening and delaying Canada’s climate plan and further climate ambition, while reaping more federal subsidies and continuing to increase oil production.

25 Apr 2018

STAND.EARTH REPORT – This report reveals the fashion indsustry's contributions to global climate pollution, and calls out denim giant Levi's for its role in deaths from air pollution and climate change. In July 2018, Levi’s made a commitment to reduce 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain by 2025, setting a new standard in the apparel industry. The contents of this report have been updated to reflect Levi’s commitment.

13 Jun 2017

STAND.EARTH REPORT - “Trashed: The Secret of the Starbucks Cup” highlights Starbucks’ broken promises on cup recycling.