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24 Feb 2020

Amnesty, ActionAid, ECCJ, Global Witness, CCC, ECCHR, CISDE, Anti-slavery, Friends of the Earth Europe

Joint civil society response to the European Commission study into supply chain due diligence

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The undersigned civil society organisations and networks strongly welcome the release of the findings from the European Commission’s study on due diligence requirements through the supply chain.

The results of this study unequivocally affirm that voluntary measures are failing and that there is urgent need for regulatory action at EU level in order to protect workers, communities, and the environment from systematic, ongoing and worsening human rights and environmental impacts linked to the global supply chains of businesses and financial institutions. It is particularly noteworthy that the results of the study are based on broad consultation with both civil society and business...

We call on the European Commission to act swiftly on the study’s findings and urgently initiate the process toward a legislative proposal on corporate human rights and environmental due diligence, which includes enhanced access to judicial remedy for victims. For such a proposal to effectively address human and environmental rights abuses whilst enhancing remedy for victims, it is crucial that it includes corporate liability for harm caused.