McKinsey & Company is a giant, well-connected global consultancy firm which has been working to position itself as the market leader in REDD+ advice. According to McKinsey:
‘Our clients ... look to us for honest, objective, thoughtful, and experienced advice.’
However, when rainforest countries employ McKinsey to apply its trademarked cost curve to their REDD+ prospects, few if any of the resulting plans meet basic standards of accuracy, rigour, utility or ethical acceptability. If implemented in their current form, these plans could actually result in an increase of deforestation and carbon emissions.
This Greenpeace report presents case studies on McKinsey’s influence on REDD+ plans for four forest nations – Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Indonesia and Guyana - and our key findings.