A new multi-stakeholder platform was launched earlier this month by the European Commission to help protect and restore the world’s forests. Due to our expertise, amfori has been selected to shape future legislation.
Highlights of the meeting:
- Momentum is high: The momentum for tackling deforestation has grown in 2020 and the Environment Commissioner confirmed that new legislation to tackle deforestation caused by EU consumption would be proposed for adoption in the second quarter of 2021. The European Parliament is also voting on its own deforestation due diligence legislative proposal next month.
- Other angles to tackle deforestation: Updates on the implementation of the Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World's Forests that the European Commission published in 2019 were provided, as well as news about the sustainable corporate governance initiative and the new EU dialogue on cocoa.
Discussions on the scope of future policy measures:
Discussions on the scope of the legislation against embodied deforestation have just started. The two main points worked on during the day were the list of products to be included in the legislation and the type of policy measures to be set by the future legislation. Many policy options are being assessed, including voluntary or mandatory labelling or certification, voluntary or mandatory due diligence requirements, international partnership agreements and development policies to encourage more sustainable forest management practices.
Have your say in the shaping of a future policy against deforestation:
If you place products on the market containing commodities generally linked to deforestation such as meat, soy, palm oil, cocoa, coffee, etc, there is a high chance that your business will be affected when the legislation enters into force (planned for 2023). We invite you to help shape it in a way that it is coherent and easy to implement.
What can you do?
- You can share your input on the public consultation aimed at collecting the current practices of companies regarding deforestation and the potential impact different measures could have on businesses. Please send it back to us by the end of November.
- If you are registered on the EU transparency register, you can also directly fill in the consultation online, it is open until 10 December (if you do this please also send the outcome with us so we can integrate your input in our response), or
- You can directly get in touch with us to discuss and receive more information on the next steps.
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