Fern-Chocolate companies and MEPs call for EU due diligence regulation
Major chocolate companies and MEPs are calling for the EU to pass a due diligence regulation addressing environmental and human rights impacts in commodity supply chains.
A representative of Mars Incorporated, the world’s largest chocolate company, called such regulation “inevitable”, speaking about the “limits of [companies] self-regulating the supply chain”, and insisting that legislation is needed to create the right enabling environment.
Companies want the EU to regulate so as to “avoid a patchwork of legislation at the national level”, said Virginie Mahin of Mondelez International, another one of the world’s largest confectionary companies – adding that an enforcement mechanism is essential to ensure the law is effective. Barry Callebaut Group, a leading chocolate supplier, joined the chorus, highlighting the need for a level playing field so as not to disadvantage companies that incur extra social and environmental costs, and noting that regulation should be accompanied by EU support to producer country governments.