Corporate due diligence: We are all concerned
A French civil court reminds us that the EU must prioritise a broad, enforceable approach to due diligence because society as a whole is affected.
Legal Affairs Committee adopts corporate due diligence report
On 27 January 2021, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI Committee) voted 34 to 3 to adopt a milestone legislative report on corporate due diligence. The truly...
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Cocoa Barometer 2020 demands system change to end cocoa poverty
After two decades of failed interventions across the cocoa sector, cocoa-farming communities are still battling the effects of poverty, child labour and deforestation. The 2020 Cocoa Barometer report launched 1 December 2020 is a...
An activist’s guide to the EU
How does the EU impact the world and how can civil society influence EU policies?
The EU has a huge influence over the fate of the world’s forests.
Its trade deals, aid strategies, energy and climate policies, and imports of...
The power of land rights: why Peru's forest communities have lessons for us all
When Indigenous and forest communities have their right to land enshrined in law there are lower rates of deforestation. The Boca Pariamanu community in Peru is a clear example of the positive knock-on effects. That is why...
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The European Parliament takes a bold stance on legislation to tackle imported deforestation
On 22 October 2020, the European Parliament sent a strong signal to the European Commission by adopting MEP Delara Burckhardt’s report, ‘An EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation’, in plenary.
3 reasons land tenure is vital for forests, people and the planet
Indigenous land rights are essential to reduce deforestation, fight climate change and build resilient forests and communities. In fact, lands own or managed by Indigenous Peoples or local communities, hold over 36% of intact...
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UK due diligence proposals: The people have spoken
On 5 October 2020 the UK government closed its first round of consultation on a proposed law designed to prevent forests and other important natural areas from being illegally converted into agricultural land (FW 258). This...
Raising the ambition on global aspects of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy
The Farm to Fork Strategy includes a section on the external dimension entitled “Promoting the Global Transition”. The attention for the external dimension is crucial not only because the challenges the Strategy is seeking to...
Luxury car brands are helping fuel the destruction of precious South American forests
While international attention rightly remains focussed on the unrelenting destruction of Brazil’s Amazon and Cerrado biomes, 1,000 kilometres to the south, Latin America’s second most important forest – in terms of size...