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24 Mär 2022

National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (France),
Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’Homme (CNCDH) (France)

Declaration for an ambitious EU Directive on corporate responsibility to respect human rights and the environment in global value chains

The CNCDH [The National Consultative Commission on Human Rights] welcomes the publication of a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence, the first European Union initiative to impose a cross-cutting and cross-sector due diligence obligation on companies with regard to human rights and the environment.

In order to achieve, at the end of the negotiations, the adoption of an ambitious Directive, commensurate with the stakes and effectively likely to contribute to a profound change in the behaviour of companies in favour of full respect for human rights and environmental protection, it formulates several recommendations aimed at improving the text.

In particular, the CNCDH recommends broadening the scope of the Directive, strengthening the due diligence obligations by bringing it more in line with the relevant international standards, providing for a better definition and involvement of stakeholders, and strengthening the monitoring arrangements in order to facilitate access to remedies and redress...