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Due Diligence Criticism; Ellard High Quality

Due Diligence Criticism A piece in Politico by Europe-based reporters Eddy Wax and Sarah Anne Aarup entitled, “How Brussels Wants to Make Your Shopping Woke” has awakened Washington to another potential impending transatlantic trade issue. The article takes issue with the effort in Brussels to make business responsible for ensuring that their products and value chains are not harmful to the environment or to human rights. The so-called due diligence regulation is described as complicated and likely difficult to enforce. However, the concept also may unleash a slippery slope of countries imposing their own woke standards on businesses and trade. For example, conservative and religious countries could insist that value chains pro...

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On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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