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Proposed UK law restricts illegal deforestation in supply chains

The UK government has proposed a new law that would require large businesses to prove that their supply chains for commodities (including beef, cocoa, palm oil and soya) do not contain products that have been produced on illegally deforested land. The proposals would cover commodities embedded within other products, such as animals fed on soy or palm oil used as an ingredient.

The government would have the power to fine businesses covered by the regulation if they either use illegally-produced commodities or fail to demonstrate that they have a robust due diligence system in place. The proposals would only cover businesses that exceed a threshold of employee numbers and turnover, so that the regulatory burden on smaller businesses is minimised.

A consultation on the proposals is open until 5 October 2020.

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