U.S.A: California Assembly Approves Nation’s First Deforestation-Free Public Procurement Bill

28 May 19: The California Assembly voted to approve the nation's first bill designed to require that public purchasing be free of rainforest destruction and associated biodiversity and human rights impacts. The California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act, AB572, would require all companies contracting with California in the provision of products potentially linked to tropical forest destruction to demonstrate "deforestation-free" supply chains. The primary products affected will be those derived from "forest-risk commodities" including palm oil, soy, cattle, rubber, paper/pulp, and timber.