UK moves towards domestic due diligence bill

UK businesses will be required to show that their products and supply lines are free from illegal deforestation, under a proposed new law. Meanwhile, the draft due diligence law will force large firms to show where commodities such as cocoa, soy, rubber and palm oil originated from.

The proposal by Boris Johnson’s government is similar to the promise made by Ursula von der Leyen’s European Commission to table legislation requiring companies to carry out checks on their supply chains and look at risks that their activities may be harming human rights.

The shift towards mandatory due diligence laws across Europe has been led by consumer demands for greater transparency about the origins of products that are imported. However, the UK bill is only at the initial consultation stage and it is unclear how and whether penalties will be imposed on companies breaking the law. (Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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