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World’s largest set of forest-related risk assessments released online

NEPCon has published the largest and most detailed set of risk assessments for timber, palm oil, soy and beef. Among other things, the Sourcing Hub is intended to help companies meet the due diligence requirements of market regulation such as the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). It includes assessments of the risks of illegal timber production and trade in 62 countries, covering 87 percent of global timber production.

According to Nature Economy and People Connected (NEPCon), an international non-profit organisation based in Denmark that builds commitment and capacity for mainstreaming sustainability, its Sourcing Hub helps companies meet due diligence requirements of market regulation such as the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

The Sourcing Hub contains assessments of the risks of illegal timber production and trade in 62 countries, covering 87 percent of global timber production. While most data is available for timber, also contains risk assessments for palm oil, soy and beef that address environmental, social and legality risks in 10 countries. The risk assessments cover 82 percent of global palm oil production.

We’ve designed the NEPCon Sourcing Hub to make it as simple as possible for companies to carry out the due diligence they’re required to do by the EU Timber Regulation. By helping companies source legal timber, the NEPCon Sourcing Hub will help the legal timber trade around the world prosper, said Alexandra Banks, Forest Legality Expert at NEPCon.

Use of the Hub is free of charge.

About NEPcon Sourcing Hub

Illegal logging is estimated by UNEP and INTERPOL to make up 15%-30% of the global timber trade. The NEPCon Sourcing Hub is funded by the European Commission; the UK Department for International Development; Danida, part of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); and NEPCon.

Companies in the EU, US and Australia are required by law – the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), the US Lacey Act and the Australian Illegal Logging Prevention Act require companies to carry out due diligence (or in the case of the Lacey Act, take ‘due care’) in order to minimise the risk of placing timber that was illegal in its country of harvest onto the market.

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