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About the group

Working group was founded to bring further expertise to the European parliament on topics related to responsible business and to increase discussion between various stakeholder groups and EU institutions.

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Responsible Business Conduct working group gathers MEPs from most political groups
of the European Parliament.

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European Parliament decisions and reports related to responsible business conduct.

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MEPs Wolters, Hautala, Aubry and Durand: “The Regulatory Scrutiny Board still has questions to answer on Due Diligence delay”

MEPs have received a partial disclosure from the Regulatory Scrutiny Board, in reply to an Access to Documents request, which was made following three successive delays to the Commission proposal on Sustainable Corporate Governance, including two negative opinions of the RSB. The request, made on the 15th December 2021, asked for all correspondence and (e)meetings

Open Letter: Risking Effective Sustainable Corporate Governance

Commission President von der Leyen,Executive Vice-Presidents Frans Timmermans, Margrethe Verstager, Valdis Dombrovskis High representative/Vice-President Joseph Borrell,Vice-Presidents Věra Jourová, Maroš Šefčovič, Dubravka Šuica,Commissioners Virginijus Sinkevičius, Didier Reynders, Thierry Breton, Helena Dalli, Nicolas Schmit, Jutta Urpilainen, Mairead McGuinness 20 December 2021 Dear Commission President von der Leyen, Dear Vice Presidents and Commissioners, As the undersigned organisations, who

Joint civil society statement on delay to SCG initiative

Joint statement on delay to EC’s Sustainable Corporate Governance initiativeWednesday 15 December The EU’s legislative proposal for a Sustainable Corporate Governance initiative, including mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence for EU businesses across their global value chains, and improved corporate accountability, was again expected this month – and was again delayed. With no clear

President von der Leyen reply to MEPs on Access to Justice

President Ursula von der Leyen replied on the 20th December 2021 to the MEPs on the importance of access to justice in the upcoming Sustainable Corporate Governance initiative. Dear Honourable Member, I would like to thank you and the co-signatories for your letter in which you highlight, on behalf of the Parliament’s Responsible Business Conduct

MEPs Call for Transparency and Information over the Independence of the Commission’s Regulatory Scrutiny Board

MEPs Lara Wolters, Heidi Hautala, Manon Aubry and Pascal Durand have today, 15th December 2021, sent an access to document request to the Commission, requesting access to the 2 opinions of the Commission’s internal quality control body, the Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB) and communication between interest groups and the RSB on the Commission’s Sustainable Corporate

MEP letter to President von der Leyen, Commissioners Reynders and Breton on Access to Justice for BHR victims

The undersigned Members of the European Parliament have today, 27th October 2021, sent a letter to President von der Leyen, Commissioner Reynders and Commissioner Breton on the need to ensure in the framework of the upcoming Sustainable Corporate Governance legislative proposal that victims of corporate human rights violations have access to justice.

MEP Letter to Commissioners: Deforestation regulation requires supply side measures

The undersigned Members of the European Parliament have sent a letter on the 7 October 2021 to Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Sinkevicius and Commissioner Urpilainen on the need to have substantive supply side measures as part of the upcoming deforestation regulation proposal.

President Von der Leyen’s reply to EP Groups’ presidents

Commission’s president Ursula von der Leyen replied on the 28th July 2021 to the letter on the expectations towards the upcoming Sustainable Corporate Governance legislative initiative, by the presidents of EPP, S&D, Renew, GreensEFA and the Left political groups. Von der Leyen emphasizes the need of ensuring consistency and coherence and avoiding duplication in the work

ECCJ report: Suing Goliath – barriers to victims of BHR abuses to accessing justice

The European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) has released a report that looks at 22 recent major civil cases against EU companies. Through these cases the report identifies serious and systemic barriers to justice, which prevent victims of business-related abuses from accessing judicial remedy. Even where accountability standards can hold corporations liable, claimants often face