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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Proposal from the European Parliament on Deforestation Due Diligence

2 November 2020

We recently gave our views on a proposal from the UK Government to establish a due diligence obligation in respect of commodities that are the product of illegal deforestation and degraded ecosystems, which would represent the first piece of UK supply chain due diligence legislation.

Now the European Parliament has published its own recommendations to the European Commission for importers and traders of forest and ecosystem-risk commodities (FERC) to be subject to an EU-wide due diligence legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation.

The EUP Recommendations are generally broader and more stringent than the UK's proposals. In this briefing, we have analysed the key differences and discuss some of the implications.

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