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New website launched to identify companies covered by French duty of vigilance law

Adopted in 2017, the French duty of vigilance law requires large French companies to identify and prevent human rights risks linked to their activities. In the absence of a government registry, CCFD-Terre Solidaire and Sherpa, with the support of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, have launched the website vigilance-plan.org to identify companies subject to the law and make accessible those vigilance plans that have been published. 

CCFD-Terre Solidaire and Sherpa are also calling on French public authorities to:

  • Publish the list of companies subject to the duty of vigilance
  • Make all vigilance plans accessible on a public database
  • Strengthen transparency requirements to make financial and non-financial data on companies more accessible
  • Lower and simplify application thresholds.

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Article
27 June 2019

Companies subject to the duty of vigilance under the radar of NGOs

Author: CCFD-Terre Solidaire and Sherpa

Two years after the adoption of the French law on the duty of vigilance, Sherpa and the CCFD-Terre Solidaire regret that the French government did not set up any mechanism to monitor the law...

The list of identified companies is now displayed on the vigilance-plan.org website. We drew up a first list of 237 companies that appear to be subject to the law. To our knowledge, 59 companies did not publish any plan and some are subsidiaries of a foreign company or may have subsidiaries abroad.

The purpose of this website is twofold: to become a tool enabling all stakeholders, including trade unions and NGOs, to have access to the vigilance plans published; and to enable civil society actors to keep the list up to date in order to ensure that large French companies comply with their duty of vigilance. This website was developed with the support of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre which publishes today Sherpa’s article about lessons France's Duty of Vigilance law have for other national initiatives.

The French law on the duty of vigilance is the outcome of a long struggle that civil society led to hold companies legally accountable. This subject is now European and global: the European Union is studying the possibility of adopting a European directive on Human Rights Due Diligence and negotiations are under way at the United Nations to establish an international treaty on transnational corporations and human rights. We ask the French government to step up in these initiatives.

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