Exploratory assessment of a company's due diligence system against the EU timber regulation: a case study from Northwestern Russia against the EU Timber Regulation: A Case Study from Northwestern Russia

dc.contributor.authorTrishkin, M.
dc.contributor.authorLopatin, E.
dc.contributor.authorKarjalainen, T.
dc.titleExploratory assessment of a company's due diligence system against the EU timber regulation: a case study from Northwestern Russia against the EU Timber Regulation: A Case Study from Northwestern Russiaen
dcterms.abstractThis study uses a company's due diligence system (DDS) as an operational tool to ensure the origin of wood coming from northwestern Russia. The company exports a majority of its wood products to European Union (EU) countries, and its DDS consists of a statement of origin, geographical information, and field verification audits. Its DDS is assessed against the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). Enforcement of the EUTR began in March 2013 and is compulsory for all companies importing wood-based material from outside the EU. The DDS must contain three key components: access to information on operator's supply of timber or timber products placed on the market, a risk assessment, and a risk mitigation method. The workflow of the conformity assessment must include a literature review, statistical and field data collection, and further analysis of the requirements. Although enforcement of the EUTR began almost two years ago, there is little research on its implementation. This DDS system showed high functionality of its existing components corresponding with the general requirements of the standards developed by the Nature Ecology and People Consult (NepCon), a non-profit organization recognized as the monitoring organization by the European Commission. This wood origin system also meets the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification system, while maintaining full harmonization with the EUTR legislation. However, major obstacles persist in implementation of legislation by EU member states, in terms of interpretation of requirements, prosecutions and fines, and the role of third-party evidence.en
dcterms.accessRightsOpen access
dcterms.bibliographicCitationTrishkin, M., Lopatin, E. and Karjalainen, T., 2015. Exploratory assessment of a company's due diligence system against the EU timber regulation: A case study from Northwestern Russia. Forests, 6(4), pp.1380-1396.en
dcterms.typeJournal Article
fsc.evidenceCategoryFSC impact-related
fsc.focus.sustainDimensionPolitical, legal, systemic
fsc.topic.economicDue dilligence
fsc.topic.politicalEU Timber Regulation
is.availability.fullTextFull text available
is.contributor.funderTypePrivate funds (NGOs, companies, VSS self-funded etc)
is.contributor.memberForest Stewardship Council
is.coverage.countryRussian Federation
is.evaluation.collectionCompany/certified entities /co-op data records
is.evaluation.dataSourcePrivate company data
is.evaluation.notesMany mentions of FSC, positive. Strong technical focus in the paper.
is.evaluation.quotes"Most forestry companies in Russia do not have complete systems to track the origin of wood, exceptfor certified wood."
is.evaluation.quotes"Moreover, it should be noted that companies that hold, for instance, an FSC certificate, could achieve compliance with the EUTR more efficiently than non-certified companies [28]."
is.evaluation.quotes"However, major obstacles persist in the implementation of legislation by EU member states on the technicaleffectiveness of DDSs in relation to the EUTR. Moreover, prosecution remains unclear, the fine systemis not unified, and the role of third-party evidence is still unclear."
is.evidenceSubTypeDescriptive information - contextual and operational
is.evidenceTypeDescriptive information
is.focus.productsForestry products
is.focus.sdgSDG 15 - Life on Land
is.focus.sustainIssueForests and other ecosystems
is.focus.sustainLensSupply chain benefits
is.focus.sustainLensAudits and assurance
is.focus.sustainOutcomeDeforestation and forest protection
is.focus.systemElementMandE outcomes and impacts
is.focus.systemElementMandE performance monitoring
is.identifier.schemeNameForest Stewardship Council
is.identifier.schemeTypeSustainability requirements within trade or procurement policies
is.item.reviewStatusPeer reviewed