The EU is finally making a law that could force businesses to take responsibility for their impact around the world, after decades of pressure from experts, NGOs and trade unions.
This is massive, and that’s why BusinessEurope and other corporate lobbyists are crying bloody murder. But it’s too late now for them to kill the law. So they’ll try to weaken and delay it instead.
You can help make sure that European Commission officials don’t lose their nerve now. They’re holding a public consultation which closes on February 8, and we’ve made it as simple as signing a petition to participate:
Sign to tell the European Commission you want a strong corporate due diligence law now.
A strong EU corporate due diligence law could be a game-changer for us. But we can’t win this alone. That’s why SumOfUs is joining the coalition of campaigners and activists at NGOs and trade unions, calling for a strong law that will:
- Cover human rights, environmental and social impacts throughout the whole supply chain, including subcontractors and suppliers abroad,
- Have consequences: companies and bosses have to face strong penalties if they break the rules,
- Make companies liable for bad practices at home and abroad,
- Involve trade unions in the preparation of due diligence plans every step of the way,
- Make sure companies always consult with (potentially) affected communities and individuals – and in some cases get their consent, and
- Help all victims of corporate abuse, trade unions, and civil society to seek justice in EU courts.
The European Commission’s public consultation closes on February 8, so please take action today and share this message far and wide.
It may not make the main evening news -- with everything else that’s going on -- but there’s going to be a hell of a fight this year over this due diligence law, and laws just like it in the UK and US.
For almost 10 years, SumOfUs has been campaigning to stop big businesses behaving badly, and supporting communities and workers resisting corporate abuses. This is what we’re here to do.