FIDH joins civil society call to Council of the EU for a strong Due diligence directive

Open Letter
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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is one of over 60 civil society organisations writing to European Union (EU) policy-makers ahead of a crucial meeting of the permanent representatives of the Council of the EU, which could shape the future of legislation to hold companies responsible for their human rights and environmental harms.

14 November 2023. On 15 November, 2023, politically nominated ambassadors at the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union (COREPER) meeting will discuss the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD).

The goal of the COREPER meeting is to update the Council’s negotiation mandate for the next political trialogue, scheduled for the week of 22 November, 2023.

It aims to agree on an updated version of the Council position contributing to establishing a corporate duty to respect human rights and the environment

FIDH is one of over 60 civil society organisations writing to the COREPER to draw policymakers’ attention to the need to better align the legislation with international standards and ensure real-world improvements for people and the planet.

Civil society has centered its call around five key issues: climate transition plans; civil liability and access to justice; inclusion of the financial sector; normative scope; and value chain scope.

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