Interview: Co's will support EU law on due diligence but need assurances on liability, says sustainability & human rights lead for Mondelez

Author: Benjamin Fox, Euractiv.com, Published on: 19 March 2019

Many companies like ours [Mondelez] are already implementing due diligence measures and we want to avoid a patchwork of legislation at national level…it’s important to have a level playing field.

It’s important to have an HRDD law that from the beginning recognises that those issues need collective and pre-competitive action…and need to involve local officials and civil society...

Companies need to have confidence they can be transparent about risks in their supply chains without fearing that they will be exposed to increased risk of litigation. We need to make sure that when we are transparent we are not exposed.

For a law to be really effective we need to have some kind of enforcement mechanism. It’s not enough for companies to say that they are doing something about human rights in their supply chains. As a company, you should be rewarded for having strong due diligence systems and preventing abuses...

[I]t would be beneficial to have a binding law at EU level to provide a level playing field, and bring along companies upstream in the supply chain, which may not be under the same consumer-facing pressure...

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Related companies: Mondelēz International