EU Commissioner for Justice commits to legislation on mandatory due diligence for companies
On 29 April 2020, the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, announced that the Commission commits to introducing rules for mandatory corporate environmental and human rights due diligence. The announcement was made during a high-level online event hosted by the EU Parliament’s Responsible Business Conduct Working Group, during which the Commissioner presented the findings of the Commission study on options for regulating due diligence requirements. You can watch the webinar here.
MEPs, NGOs and other stakeholders welcomed the annoucement. In December last year, over 100 organisations had launched a campaign calling for EU human rights and environmental due diligence legislation. Further information is available below, on our mandatory due diligence portal, and in this blog piece by BHRRC's Phil Bloomer and ITUC's Sharon Burrow for Open Democracy on the Commission's plans for mandatory due diligence.