Position Papers

Mandatory Due Diligence as a part of the Smart Mix of EU Measures to tackle Deforestation and Human Rights Issues - Joint COCERAL-FEDIOL-FEFAC Position  23/04/2021

COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC agree on the need for the EU to take a leading role in the global fight against deforestation. EU actions can provide an important contribution towards reducing or halting deforestation, provided a comprehensive set of smart tools is set up and it is acknowledged that no one-size-fits-all approach will work across all commodities. The way we design the different requirements and how those will either support or hamper the EU engagement with producer countries will be critical to avoid or mitigate unintended consequences. It can only work hand in hand with building partnerships with producer countries and company engagement on the ground with farmers, local communities and authorities.

In order to effectively tackle global deforestation, the EU’s toolbox should be based on the use of a clearly defined due diligence system which this paper helps design further.