Winterbotham Darby calls for a strong EU law to protect forests and natural ecosystems
Winterbotham Darby is urging the European Commission to propose an ambitious law to address EU-driven global deforestation and protect natural ecosystems, in a statement released today with another 42 European companies.
As a company committed to responsible supply chains, we firmly believe that effective EU legislation is urgently needed to tackle deforestation – establishing a level playing field for more sustainable commodities and products to be placed on the EU market.
Deforestation and the destruction of natural ecosystems, such as grasslands, savannahs, wetlands or mangroves, exacerbate climate change, biodiversity loss and human rights violations. The destruction of nature also has serious economic and social implications, as it affects livelihoods and the ecosystem services critical for agricultural production. Urgent action is needed at all levels to halt this trend – from policymakers to companies, to consumers.
Winterbotham Darby is joining the calls of progressive industry across the food retail, cosmetic, paper and finance sectors for ambitious legislation that can set clear rules for companies to tackle their environmental and human rights footprint. In particular, we join calls for a clear legislative framework with mandatory requirements for due diligence, transparency and traceability, which is implemented and harmonised across the EU.
We are committed to making that sure raw materials in our products are grown and harvested sustainably. Examples include our soya and palm oil policies. Forests and natural ecosystems can and must coexist with farming, but only if we have strong criteria in place.
In addition, new rules must address both deforestation and the conversion and degradation of natural ecosystems, as the latter are also experiencing increasing pressures through agricultural activities and land investments.