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

Global deforestation and leather in EU’s car production value chains

Through the journey of leather, this “Supply Chain World Map“, prepared with the collaboration of MEP Anna Cavazzini and Earthsight, illustrates the extent to which European consumption is unwittingly driving deforestation. The map shows how leather used in the cars of some of Europe’s largest automotive firms is linked to illegal deforestation in Paraguay. The illustration

MEP letter to Commissioners on Sustainable Corporate Governance initiative

The undersigned Members of the European Parliament have today, 22 June 2021, sent a letter to President von der Leyen and 13 commissioners reiterating some of the key demands of the European Parliament’s legislative own-initiative resolution regarding the upcoming proposal on Sustainable Corporate Governance. To:President Ursula von der LeyenExecutive Vice-President Frans TimmermansExecutive Vice-President Margarethe VestagerExecutive


EP RBC Working Group: EU is well placed to show leadership with its future due diligence legislation

EU Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, made a landmark announcement last month in a webinar organized by European Parliament’s Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Working Group. The group represents the key MEPs working on Business and Human Rights across political groups and parliamentary committees.  Mr. Reynders declared that in 2021 he will propose a Mandatory Human