European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) Support

Verification and Validation Services for Deforestation-free Commodities

EUDR For Deforestation-free Commodities and Products

The European Union (EU) Deforestation Regulation (EUDR), introduced in June 2023, aims to prevent commodities linked to deforestation from being imported into the EU. The overall goal of this regulation is to mitigate forest and biodiversity loss, as well as land degradation. For global companies producing and importing the seven commodities and their derived products (listed below) into EU countries, EUDR might lead to significant logistical, reporting, and financial challenges. Manufacturers, operators, and traders must adhere to the EUDR whether products are being made available through traditional or online means. SCS Global Services provides an array of services to help companies impacted meet this new regulation. 

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Under the EUDR, products of the above commodities must have been produced in accordance with the deforestation policies of their country of origin, be deforestation-free, and be covered by a due diligence statement. The cut-off date for deforestation and forest degradation for the production of these commodities was December 31, 2020 meaning that products produced after this date must not cause deforestation and forest degradation. 

Your EUDR Solutions with SCS Global Services

SCS Global Services brings four decades of certification, validation, verification and sustainability assessment experience in the natural resources, built environment, food and agriculture, consumer products and climate sectors. Drawing from extensive industry knowledge and best practices, our solutions can help companies across various industries meet the EUDR requirements for their manufactured commodities. In addition, as a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification program, SCS has unparalleled experience auditing against responsible forestry requirements and regulations around the world. In fact, SCS currently audits against all leading forest management certification standards including FSC, SFI, PEFC and ATFS. We have the experience, expertise and knowledge needed to successfully verify your entire supply chain, validate your in-house solutions for risk assessments, perform gap assessments or advise you on quality control measures and EUDR compliance. 

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Our team of experts help companies in a variety of ways to meet EUDR requirements related to deforestation, traceability verification, legality and implementing and reporting due diligence systems.

  1. Verification: Third-party verified risk assessments for supply chains and sourcing locations using procedures and tools such as satellite imagery and other technology, as well as data collection to traceability reporting.
  2. Quality Control: Validation of already established in-house solutions for risk assessments and mitigation. SCS independently assesses if companies follow EUDR requirements using the company's own data.
  3. Gap Assessments: Provision of checklists to certified companies to help them better understand their supply chains and trace their products from harvest, production or manufacturing all the way to the final product.

Other ways SCS can support:

  • Code of conduct development and review
  • Education and training of staff and suppliers
  • Hot spot analysis to target priorities for your supply chain
  • Life cycle assessment to evaluate impacts
  • Piloting supplier audits/assessments
  • Responsible sourcing policy development
  • Risk-based ranking and mitigation systems
  • Supplier performance verification
  • Supplier questionnaires
  • Sustainable sourcing criteria and metrics development

Due Diligence Systems 

Manufacturers, importers and exporters must implement and publicly report due diligence systems (risk assessment and mitigation) in their supply chains to avoid sourcing commodities and their derived products that are not deforestation-free or have not been produced based on the origin country’s policies and legislations. 

Traceability and Transparency

Manufacturers, importers, and exporters must also establish and report the dates or timeframes of production and obtain geo-localization coordinates of where commodities were harvested or manufactured.

Compliance with Enforcement Procedures

Manufacturers, importers, and exporters must comply with collecting information on their supply chains and submitting due diligence statements with applications for customs clearance. Once it is determined if they are from low or high-risk countries, the processes might defer with low-risk operators being allowed to conduct simplified due diligence. 

  • Meet global import and export requirements for greater global market access for your commodities and products.
  • Build brand equity by showcasing your commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.
  • Establish and communicate chain of custody measures to showcase verified traceability of your commodities and products. 
  • Align with global values and support responsible forestry practices. 

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Tarik Bellahcene (EUDR)