Over 100 civil society organisations call for EU human rights and environmental due diligence legislation
On the day of the Finnish EU Council Presidency's business & human rights conference, more than 100 NGOs, trade unions and civil society networks call for EU human rights and environmental due diligence legislation. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is among the signatories.
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Call for EU human rights and environmental due diligence legislation now supported by over 100 NGOs, trade unions and networks
Author: European Coalition for Corporate Justice & 106 other NGOs, trade unions
"Over 100 civil society organisations demand human rights and environmental due diligence legislation"
Civil society organisations and networks from Europe and other regions stress their demands for binding rules on corporate respect for human rights and the environment as, today, the Finnish Presidency holds its "Conference on Business and Human Rights: towards a common agenda for action"...
The civil society statement makes it clear that current EU policy and legislation fails to adequately address the pressing challenges linked to human rights and environmental impacts of corporate global operations. The absence of cross-sectoral rules in the EU requiring companies to identify and address those impacts prevents companies from being held legally accountable when they neglect their responsibilities. Moreover, it makes it impossible for victims of corporate malpractice to seek remedy in courts.
The reliance on a voluntary approach to promote business respect for human rights and the environment has proven insufficient... The new European Commission should thus take swift action and present a legislative proposal that establishes a mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence framework for business and that provides access to remedy for victims of corporate abuse.
Author: European Coalition for Corporate Justice & 87 other NGOs, trade unions
Civil society organisations are launching this demand the day after members of the European Parliament (EP) asked the Commissioner-designate for Justice, Didier Reynders, what steps he would take in order to ensure that companies operating in the EU adhere to human rights and environmental standards, and to ensure access to justice for victims of corporate abuse.
While Mister Reynders acknowledged that voluntary measures are not working to promote more responsible business conduct, civil society strongly expects that his office will deliver a legislative proposal for EU due diligence legislation in this legislative term.
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