Momentum growing for EU regulation on cocoa and deforestation
Belgium has called for “an ambitious [EU] action plan against deforestation and forest degradation before the end of the current mandate of the European Commission”, as part of a new Belgian initiative on cocoa launched on 5...
Norway will be the first to exclude high deforestation risk biofuels
As it adopted the national budget for 2019, the Norwegian Parliament voted (Resolution 86) to exclude biofuels based on high deforestation risk feedstocks, such as palm oil, as of 1 January 2020 – the first country in the world to...
Governments acknowledge urgency of halting deforestation
The EU must act by year’s end to address deforestation caused by Europeans’ consumption of products like palm oil, soy, and cocoa. This was the point underscored by the governments of Germany, France, the UK, Denmark, the...
Hope is fading for a binding instrument on human rights and transnational corporations
The possibility of a binding instrument to defend human rights against the actions of transnational corporations (TNCs) may be quietly dying on the drawing board at a working group meeting, 15 - 19 October 2018, in Geneva.
Humane chocolate: Companies and other stakeholders push for binding legislation
The European Union (EU) must put in place in a law to ensure its cocoa imports are free from child labour and deforestation, said participants at a hearing in the European Parliament on 11 July 2018.
The call for a binding...
Groundbreaking report sends strong message to the EU on the forest crisis
Now is the time for greater leadership from the Commission and EU Member States to end tropical deforestation and support governance reforms. The European Parliament’s new report ‘natural resource management, the case of forests’ ...