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The European Commission plans to adopt a legislative proposal for a sustainable corporate governance directive, the so-called EU Due Diligence Law, in the fourth quarter of 2021. The objective of the legislation is to create a level playing field for companies that secures that environmental and social interests are implanted in business strategies. It wants to support companies in their long-term management and incentivize sustainable business models to withstand short-term pressures. National due diligence laws and legislative proposals calling for mandatory due diligence exist in some EU member states, like France, Netherlands and Germany.

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20 December 2021

Deforestation, overexploitation and climate change threaten forests around the world. The European Union also plays an inglorious role in this. To change this, the European Commission presented yesterday a legislative proposal to prevent products from forest destruction from entering the EU internal market in the future. At the same time, a general EU supply chain law is being planned. Is the EU Commission duplicating its efforts? No, say Julia Otten and Johannes Heeg from our member Germanwatch and the Initiative Lieferkettengestz.

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