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ECCJ publishes comparative legal analysis of HRDD and corporate liability laws in Europe

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ECCJ has conducted a comparative legal analysis of different laws and proposals that introduce Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) obligations for companies and corporate liability in Europe.

The table looks at aspects such as the nature and content of the obligations, companies covered, enforcement mechanisms and impacts on access to judicial remedy of five laws and proposals, namely:

- The French duty of vigilance law (2017).

- The Dutch child labour due diligence law (approved by the Senate on May 2019).

- The Swiss Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) and the Parliamentary counter-proposal, and

- The leaked German draft law for a human rights and environmental act.

The document also contains explanatory notes on these different legal models and has been elaborated with the collaboration of the following experts and ECCJ members:

  • French duty of vigilance law: Sherpa.
  • Swiss Responsible Business Initiative and Parliament counter-proposal: Public Eye.
  • German draft law for a human rights and environmental act: David Krebs, Geulen & Klinger.
  • Dutch Child Labour Due Diligence Law: Liesbeth Enneking, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam; MVO Platform.
  • Oversight: CORE Coalition.

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