In February 2020, amfori published a set of recommendations for a more coherent, predictable and effective human rights due diligence framework at EU level. This follows the Directorate-General for Justice (DG JUST) of the European Commission’s recent release of a study that focuses on due diligence requirements to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for adverse corporate impacts. These impacts include abuses of human rights, including the rights of the child and fundamental freedoms, serious bodily injury or health risks, and environmental damage, which also encompasses climate damage.
The DG JUST study affirms the advantages of a EU-wide legislation on human rights and environmental due diligence for businesses, which include harmonisation, legal certainty, levelling the playing field and increased leverage. amfori welcomes the study and, as a response, the majority of DG JUST’s recommendations are aligned with the study findings.
This amfori position paper, envisaged to complement the recommendations on human rights, offers a specific response to the DG JUST study and highlights some of the key features the EU policymakers should keep in mind while leading the debate on mandatory due diligence.
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