In late May, FTA hosted a webinar on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) that provided information on its key requirements and risks in the timber industry from a trade, environmental and social perspective. Panellists also highlighted how the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) can support companies and their producers with their due diligence on this field.
The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) which entered into force in March 2013, is legally binding in all member states and involves all supply chain actors. Non-compliance can result in product seizure, costly fines and even criminal sanctions in some countries.
Experts in the field were invited to share their knowledge with participants. Wiet Raets, Policy Officer at the Belgian Ministry for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment -the competent authority for enforcing the EUTR in Belgium- as well as Oliver Cupit, Forest Legality Specialist at NEPCon, an official monitoring organisation, shared important insights on due diligence requirements.
Speakers highlighted how the scope of products covered by the EUTR is being reviewed and expected to be expanded – including an “all-in” option for all wood related products. FTA recommends its members to have an effective due diligence system in place, such as BEPI and BSCI, to take full advantage of the tools available through their membership.
Stephanie Raymond, FTA Senior Environmental Coordinator, also presented the latest FTA Industry Risk Assessment on timber and the upcoming BEPI Pilot Programme, which will support BEPI participants impacted by the legislation with their due diligence requirements and to avoid risks of non-compliance.
Don’t miss out on our special panel session, What’s at Stake? Complying with EU Timber Regulations’, at the FTA Conference on 15 June.
Contact: Stephanie Raymond, Senior Environmental Coordinator