SINGAPORE—The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber has reported progress with its efforts to address challenges presented by the European Union's decision to add natural rubber to its list of commodities covered by the bloc's deforestation regulations.
Since September, GPSNR's strategy and objectives working group has been working on a proposal for the definition of "polygons" in the EU regulation, in response to a request from member organization the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association.
The work is being carried out by a specially dedicated "subgroup on risk," which is headed by two recently appointed co-chairs: Maggie Fitzherbert from Zoological Society of London and Ayako Itoh from Bridgestone.
In December, the risk subgroup began working on a series of traceability tools webinars for GPSNR members to present on some tools available that would help members map their supply chain.
The subgroup also is working on a pilot traceability study to investigate what it takes (costs, time and labor) for a company to map its supply shed. The subgroup also is working with a consortium to develop a risk assessment matrix.
The risk subgroup also has carried out a study of the various definitions of polygons in the EU deforestation regulation through an extensive survey conducted for GPSNR members.
Such moves are key to addressing the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products placed on the EU market, according to the GPSNR.