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22 Apr 2021

Centre National de Coopération au Développement (CNCD)

Belgium: Parliament takes first steps towards due diligence legislation by voting in favour of law proposal

Note: This is an unofficial summary translation of the original French article.

22 April 2021

On April 22, the Federal Parliament voted in favour of a due diligence bill proposal to strengthen the obligations of companies throughout their supply chains. The "Corporate Accountability" coalition, which is made up of around 30 Belgian civil society organisations, welcomes this first step towards a Belgian law, but it wants above all that this initiative is as ambitious as possible, and that it is adopted by the majority of Parliament...

...The proposed law will require companies registered in Belgium or operating in the country to identify and prevent human rights violations, and to mitigate social and environmental risks in their supply chains, including in their subsidiary companies. Companies will also be required to provide reparations for damage caused...