Environmental Due Diligence: The Role of Businesses in Advancing Global Environmental Goals



Location: Online | Date: 10 June, 2021 | Time: 11:00 – 14:00 (Brussels Time)

The day will highlight the different challenges and opportunities currently facing businesses on meeting key climate change and broader environmental due diligence obligations including global environmental goals and key legislation.

In view of the forthcoming COP26 we will engage with key representatives of UNFCCC, businesses and relevant stakeholders in a panel discussion on what the expectations are for businesses (particularly textile industries) from this landmark event. Specifically, we will examine how businesses could effectively contribute and comply with the desired ambitious outcome.

We will then give particular focus to deforestation - a key area that many businesses will need to work on to comply with on new EU legislation in a dedicated workshop involving policy makers as well as other relevant stakeholders.

The COP 26 – How can we arrive at a Satisfactory and Ambitious Outcome for the Fashion Industry?  11:00 – 12:30 CEST

During this session, policymakers and businesses (particularly those in the fashion industry) will discuss what expectations, goals and targets the COP 26 brings. Furthermore, we also endeavour to shed light on the challenges facing the sector as well as the sustainability efforts already made, and discuss schemes that can support businesses to advance on climate action. The aim is to provide businesses with a better understanding of what the COP 26 and related legislation will bring about while informing policy makers of the challenges and efforts made by the industry in terms of climate action.          

The session is also an official partner event of EU Green Week You can find more information here

Guest speakers

  • Niclas Svenningsen, Manager of Global Climate Action, UNFCCC
  • Hannah Phang, Head of Advocacy and Marketing, FUTERRA (Chair of UNFCCC Fashion Charter WG on Comms)
  • Peter Van Kemseke, Senior Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Clima, Unit C1 Strategy and Economic Assessment


Deforestation in Supply Chains Legislation: Let’s talk about Due Diligence 13:00 – 14:00 CEST

The European Commission is about to propose legislation introducing new due diligence requirements on supply chains to help reduce the impact of EU consumption on forests worldwide. Aimed primarily at due diligence experts, this session will focus on what due diligence actually means, how sustainability can be implemented as a legal requirement and how businesses can introduce strategies relevant to the new legislation in their supply chains.

Guests Speakers:

  • Emma Harbour (Moderator), Global Director, Advocacy & Themes, Rainforest Alliance
  • Leon Mol, Director Product Safety & Social Compliance, Ahold Delhaize
  • Nicole Polsterer, Sustainable Consumption and Production Campaigner, fern
  • Sébastien Pivet, Chief Sustainability Officer and QA Director, A.S. Watson
  • Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of Unit Multilateral environmental co-operation, DG Environment of the European Commission