PRIVATE SECTOR ROLE
- Remain engaged in constructive dialogue with other private sector and civil society actors on EU demand-side measures.
- Engage in upcoming EU roundtables in order to pool collective knowledge.
- Provide feedback and support for policymakers on private sector perspectives and experiences
- Use collective advocacy voice to help shape upcoming policy.
ROLE OF OTHER ACTORS
- Leverage private sector action by supporting and strengthening multistakeholder and collaborative processes.
- Inform and partner with engaged private sector to advocate, amplify and drive change
- European governments to reinforce messages on shaping EU policy (e.g., through Amsterdam Declaration Partnership).
- Mobilizing collective private sector action to influence EU policies on deforestation (e.g., letter of support, planned roundtables in Q2 2020).
- Support alignment with ongoing existing efforts of other actors engaged in EU policy processes.
- As commodity-driven deforestation continues to increase, the past decade has shown that voluntary corporate deforestation commitments alone do not lead to transformative action and need to be complemented by regulatory efforts.
- In addition to traditional markets, such as the US, EU and China, larger emerging markets have the potential to implement similar measures in the future.
- European Commission: July 2019 Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests. Includes wording on potential demand-side regulatory and nonregulatory measures and increasing supply chain transparency.
- EU Council response published in December 2019 and launch of EU Green Deal, a plan to make the bloc climate neutral by 2050.
- Commission Executive VP Frans Timmermans requested that TFA help mobilize group of progressive companies to provide input to current process.
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