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Companies selling forest-based commodities within the European Union (EU) and those exporting from this market have until December 2024 to become compliant with the EU’s Deforestation-free Regulation (EUDR). For small and micro enterprises, there is an additional six months’ grace period to meet the legal requirements.
The EUDR is a landmark law because its rules go beyond legality to cover sustainability. It shows that policymakers finally see the true value of forests and the critical ecosystem services they provide to mitigate climate change and halt biodiversity loss. Under the EUDR, sellers must prove that their products are not sourced from recently deforested land and do not contribute to forest degradation. It is a complex task that FSC is empowering its stakeholders to navigate successfully.
While FSC certification does not automatically exempt companies from EUDR obligations, it offers them clear guidance and access to much-needed technologies - allowing them to effectively collect and process data to streamline their compliance journey.
There are six core EUDR requirements that companies must meet:
As the most credible global sustainable forestry solution, FSC offers its stakeholders robust certifications that already deliver on numerous EUDR requirements. FSC certification is already fully compatible with EUDR Legal Conditions and Social Protection measures, which cover fair wages and safe working conditions in a way that upholds the rights of forest workers.
Looking ahead, FSC is developing a new solution, ‘EUDR Aligned’, set to be released by June 2024 to ensure stakeholders can fully comply within the timeframe. This solution will guide stakeholders through the due-diligence process and will include a set of integrated tools to make it easier to comply in a clear three-step approach.
The FSC Regulatory Module, a crucial component of EUDR Aligned, will add an additional layer to FSC’s already rigorous standards. This will ensure alignment with EUDR’s specific requirements for showing products are Deforestation- and Degradation-Free. The solution’s Risk Management Framework will complement FSC’s existing comprehensive risk assessments. It will introduce new measures to align with specific EUDR requirements around Risk Assessment and Mitigation, relieving both FSC-certified and non-certified operators from significant effort. Both tools are nearing completion.
FSC is also working diligently on innovative, user-friendly technologies for field-testing that many companies, especially smallholders, do not have access to. With EUDR Aligned, this will no longer be a concern for any stakeholder as these tools will form part of the solution. Strengthening these technologies is currently underway:
FSC is proud to have collaborated with EU policymakers, scientists, forest owners, Indigenous leaders, and progressive companies in a journey that began in 2013.
2013 & 2014: FSC supports the EUTR
2020 – 2023: FSC lobbies for the EUDR
A vision for forests unites FSC and the EUDR in their shared mission. FSC has been a firm advocate for the EUDR for the past decade, playing a critical role in bringing this regulation to life alongside a strong group of stakeholders. As such, FSC has a firm grasp of the regulation, putting us in the best position to help stakeholders seamlessly reach compliance through EUDR Aligned.
For more information on the EUDR, please visit our dedicated EUDR web page, or email our team at EUDR@fsc.org with any queries or to start your compliance journey.