We believe that open and sustainable trade is a major driver towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve a better future for all.

To achieve this goal, we are proposing several policy initiatives and ideas to be considered by the Commission and European Parliament.

Chemicals in the supply chain

amfori stresses the need for an inclusive process in the making of policies that ensure safe products on the EU market. We call for a science-based approach to polices; chemical policies can only be effective if companies’ resources and the complexity of their supply chain are taken into consideration.

A coordinated response to climate action

Creating the right regulatory framework at the EU level will enable companies to adapt and take action to mitigate climate change. Policies should encourage innovation and fit with different approaches to reduce stress on climate and the environment, with clear and measurable objectives and implementation within a realistic timeframe. On the international level, all key players need to ensure a coordinated approach to reducing impact on the climate and the environment by delivering on the Paris Agreement.

An adaptable model for circular economy

The EU institutions should create incentives for companies to replace their linear model with circularity. Policies should provide a framework that is sufficiently adaptable to suit companies’ various strategies. We call for greater policy coherence and the removal of barriers to businesses that affect their transition to a circular economy.

Cooperation on deforestation

The EU should take a leading role in cooperating with international partners on deforestation and degradation and, via its trade agreements and other political instruments, promote the sustainable management of forests. We call for a comprehensive policy framework that strengthens the transparency and traceability of timber supply chains.

Read amfori's Position Paper 'EU Action Plan to Halt Deforestation in Supply Chains'