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European Union

  • Effective from June 29, the final text of the European Union Deforestation Regulation has officially entered into force.
  • The Regulation on deforestation-free products requires operators and traders within the European Union market, who engage in the sale or export of goods including soy, beef, palm oil, wood, cocoa, coffee, rubber, as well as specific derived products like leather, chocolate, and furniture, to provide evidence that their products are sourced from regions free from recent deforestation or any involvement in forest degradation.
  • The scope of the regulation for leather covers raw material, part processed and finished leather but not finished products made from leather so meaning brands are not directly in scope of the regulation requirements.

United Kingdom

  • The UK ran a second consultation on how to implement due diligence on forest risk commodities.
  • To access the consultation documents and view a summary of this process, please refer to the following link here

United States of America

  • The US have a proposed bipartisan bill the Fostering Overseas Rules of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade (FOREST) Act led by Senator Brian Schatz(D-HI) aimed at reducing illegal deforestation. 
  • For further information, please refer to the following link here