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Team Europe Initiative on Deforestation-free Value Chains

Cocoa Insight: Demonstrating legal compliance of cocoa production and trade

This issue of Cocoa Insight focuses on compliance with the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) concerning the legality of cocoa production and trade. It outlines the need for companies to perform due diligence to ensure cocoa products entering the EU market are produced legally and without contributing to deforestation. Key areas include land-use rights, environmental protection, third-party rights, labour rights, human rights, and anti-corruption measures. The document emphasises the use of legal documentation and spatial data to verify compliance, especially given the informal nature of smallholder cocoa farming.

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European Forest Institute
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