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What if? Case studies of human rights abuses and environmental harm linked to EU companies, and how EU due diligence laws could help protect people and the planet

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The uncomfortable truth is that many European companies are linked to human rights abuses and environmental harm throughout their global value chains in the countries where they operate every single day, and they face few or no obstacles. A lack of strong corporate accountability laws, alongside complicated corporate structures and convoluted supply chains, make it difficult, often impossible, to hold these companies accountable.

This report details a number of case studies, which clearly demonstrate how EU-wide mandatory cross-sectoral human rights and environmental due diligence legislation, with a strong liability and enforcement regime and improved access to remedy rules, would make a difference in these cases.