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EU and UK launch consultations on policies to reduce deforestation in supply chains
Following its Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests in 2019, the European Commission has finally opened a questionnaire-based consultation on policies needed to reduce deforestation and...
As the EU moves towards due diligence in supply chains, can we ensure communities are heard?
Can momentum for cleaning up the EU’s supply chains avoid reinforcing the injustices that helped to cause the problem?
Ending imported destruction: How EU due diligence regulations could protect forests and people
Read the full report of the event
Fern and the Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Working Group of the European Parliament, a cross-party group of Members if the European Parliament (MEPs), co-organised the event to discuss...
Direct threat to Indigenous territories of Mato Grosso and Brazil
Cuiabá, June, 22nd 2020
Civil society organisations are concerned about Brazilian State Bill 17/2020, proposed by the governor of Mato Grosso, Mauro Mendes. Contradicting the federal legislation, this Bill authorises the...
Annual Report 2019
The world’s forests, and the rights of many who depend on them, remained under assault in 2019.
These attacks came from many directions: from the erosion of environmental and human rights protections in Brazil under President Jair Bolsonaro, to the Amazon fires; from the EU’s devastating bioenergy policy, to its raft of Free Trade Agreements with forested countries to increase our insatiable consumption of products that drive deforestation; from a lack of secure tenure rights for people depending on forests for their survival, to failures of transparency and accountability in the forest sector…
Germany’s Corona EU Presidency – what impact on the world’s forests?
Germany has a chance to raise climate ambition and shape three important relationships.
EU Trade to consider action to improve the environment and human rights
The push to adopt enforceable sustainability measures, starting with the cocoa sector, is gaining momentum in DG Trade.
As Amazon deforestation rises, Europe resolves to act
Brazil has entered uncertain times.
Two health ministers and the Justice Minister have resigned within the last month, throwing President Jair Bolsonaro’s government into disarray, as opposition to his reckless response to...
UK: Debating due diligence in the current crisis
Real transformation of global supply chains is needed, and business and finance must seize the chance to redirect their practices – or be left behind.