Could the palm oil arrangement between Indonesia and Switzerland offer lessons for EU and Indonesia free trade agreement negotiations?
The agreement innovates by linking tariff reductions to sustainability – but fails to integrate governance reform.
Indonesia’s controversial Omnibus Law casts a long shadow
Indonesian civil society must always navigate challenges surrounding transparency, but this year they have been aggravated by social turbulence and COVID-19. A victory early in the year --in which the government removed a rule...
Indonesia’s new Omnibus Law increases risks to people and forests
On 5 October 2020, the Indonesian Parliament passed the Omnibus Law on Job Creation. Seven out of nine parties supported the bill, which is over 1,000 pages long and amends 79 existing laws. Meant to facilitate investment by...
The UK’s plan to stop illegal deforestation is full of holes
Britons, on average, devour 700,000 tonnes of chocolate a year, or three bars a week per person. But how many of them are aware of the provenance of their chocolate, or its true cost?
Most chocolate sold in the UK is made from...
An update on the Indonesia-EU trade agreement
Indonesia and EU negotiators are continuing trade discussions. The EU must ensure respect for human rights and environment.
Pushing EU trade in the right direction?
Perrine Fournier analyses the French-Dutch call for making trade more sustainable in EU free trade agreements.
Indonesia’s response to coronavirus threatens to increase illegal logging
Perrine Fournier explains how the EU should react.
Indonesia cites pandemic to set aside its commitments to FLEGT
Indonesia has seized the opportunity to set aside justice with claims about the need to protect its economy. There is increasing concern that this may mean danger for its people and forests.
Worse than expected: Fears surround Indonesia’s draft job creation law
Indonesia has launched a new legal package that includes extreme attacks on Indigenous rights and environmental protections. The EU must respond.
ASEAN and EU create group to explore palm oil sustainability issues
Issues surrounding palm oil are increasingly causing division between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); therefore, at their 22nd ministerial meeting in Brussels, 21 January 2019, they agreed to...