British law to curb illegal deforestation in supply chains

New government plans will require UK businesses to prove that their products and supply lines are free from illegal deforestation.

Larger companies operating in the country would have to show where commodities such as cocoa, soy, rubber and palm oil originated from under the proposed law.

Using products that do not comply with laws to protect nature in those origin nations would become illegal. Businesses would also have to publish information showing the origins of their products or face fines.

“There is a hugely important connection between the products we buy and their wider environmental footprint, which is why the government is consulting today on new measures that would make it illegal for businesses in the UK to use commodities that are not grown in accordance with local laws,” said international environment minister Lord Goldsmith.

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