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Just and sustainable economy: Commission lays down rules for companies to respect human rights and environment in global value chains

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. The proposal aims to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour throughout global value chains. Companies play a key role in building a sustainable economy and society. They will be required to identify and, where necessary, mitigate adverse impacts of their activities on human rights, such as child labour and exploitation of workers, and on the environment, for example pollution and biodiversity loss. For businesses these new rules will bring legal certainty and a level playing field. For consumers and investors they will provide more transparency. The new EU rules will advance the green transition and protect human rights in Europe and beyond.

National administrative authorities appointed by member states will be responsible for supervising these new rules and may impose fines in case of non compliance.

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Follow the press conference by Commissioners Breton and Reynders on EbS.

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