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    Business and Human Rights - Coherent action at national, regional and international levels is needed
    3 July, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

    ECCJ statement ahead of the first meeting of the UN Intergovernmental Working Group mandated to create a new binding international instrument to address corporate related violations of human rights, in Geneva, July 2015:
    • A striking global imbalance can be observed between the amount of power and influence corporations exercise and international regulations on corporate liability for human rights violations.
    • Human rights due diligence needs to become a priority for companies operating inside and outside the EU
    • European States and the European Union must engage in a constructive and (...)


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    Denmark leading the way on the implementation of new European rules on corporate transparency
    17 June, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

    On the 21st May 2015, the Danish Parliament became the first to translate the EU rules on corporate transparency which were adopted in 2014 into national law. In doing this, Denmark has sent a strong message to other European countries, as some aspects of their national rules go beyond the European requirements.
    The adoption last year by the European Union of the “non-financial reporting” rules was a major victory. The introduction of these rules places an obligation on 6,000 large European companies to communicate how their activities impact on the environment or human rights, including (...)


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    How do we get the EU to back global binding rules for business and human rights?
    17 June, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

    Last year, all 28 EU member states tried to veto the development of a UN treaty that would require businesses to respect human rights in their global supply chains, and make sure those whose rights are compromised have the opportunity to make legal challenges. Human rights aren’t voluntary for EU member states – so how do we overcome this opposition to making them mandatory for corporations?
    This problem was tackled this week at a breakfast meeting hosted in the European Parliament by Richard Howitt, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, and co-organised (...)


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    European parliament votes for strong conflict mineral regulation
    21 May, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

    Yesterday (on the 20th May) the European Parliament has taken a landmark decision by voting in favour of a strong and binding law to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals. This is a step further toward embedding companies’ responsibility to act with due diligence into law.
    This vote echoes recent developments. A few weeks ago, a parliamentary motion urged for the creation of “a legal obligation of due diligence for EU companies outsourcing production to third countries, including measures to secure traceability and transparency". In France, the parliament voted for a mandatory duty (...)


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