The UK Government intends to introduce a new law prohibiting large companies from using commodities linked to deforestation. Companies using key commodities in their supply chain such as rubber, and palm oil will be required to carry out due diligence to show that they have taken appropriate action to ensure that the commodities have been legally sourced.
The consultation is open until the 5th of October 2020.
This legislative proposition follows the same ambition as an initiative currently debated in the European Parliament calling for due diligence in key commodities to prevent products linked to deforestation to be placed on the EU market. Next year, the European Commission will also propose measures to tackle the impact that the consumer products sold on the European market have on forests worldwide.