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Transnational corporations

Background - 21 June, 2002
While Greenpeace acknowledges the role played by national industries and markets in ancient forest destruction, our initial work has prioritised the activities of Transnational Corporations (TNCs), which have been destroying the world's forests for over half a century.

Illegal logging action against a Malaysian company in Papua New Guinea.

With the removal of restrictive trade barriers and the emergence of a truly global marketplace, TNCs have even greater freedom to exploit the world's natural resources on a global scale.

Driven by consumer demand, the last decade in particular has seen a dramatic expansion in the number of TNCs infringing the world's remaining unexploited forest, leaving the last forest frontiers under increasing threat of destruction.