Event: Corporate justice and the environment
April 27th, 2022
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 | 9:30 – 12:30 CET
About this event

This event brings together lawyers, campaigners, climate litigators, academics, and European policy makers to discuss environmental and climate obligations in the recently released proposal for a directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence by the European Commission and beyond. 

This discussion is an opportunity to learn about what is next for corporate accountability for environmental impacts. The event will then delve into the rapidly evolving corporate obligation to account for and remedy climate impacts across global value chains, investments, and business relations. 

Experts will also touch upon the European Commission’s proposals for a deforestation regulation and a revised Environmental Crime Directive.  


Around the world, European corporations continue to play a significant role in environmental degradation and climate change. They bear much of the responsibility for wrecking our planet with emissions, pollution, hazardous substances, toxic waste, and nature and wildlife destruction.  

As the largest trading bloc in the world, the EU has the responsibility to take action to stop business activity from causing and contributing to serious and irreversible environmental harm and loss of natural resources at home and abroad. This is an increasingly popular and necessary demand to protect the future of life on Earth. 


9:30-11:00 Environmental due diligence 

  • Chair: Anu Kultalahti (Finnwatch)
  • Lawyer Dr. Caroline Douhaire (Geulen & Klinger) 
  • MEP Heidi Hautala (Greens) 
  • Théa Bounfour (Sherpa) 
  • Johanna Sydow (Germanwatch) 
  • Chiara Macchi (Wageningen University) 
  • Giulia Bondi (Global Witness)

11:00-11:50 Climate obligations  

  • Chair: Joseph Wilde (SOMO) 
  • MEP Lara Wolters (S&D) 
  • Julia Otten (Frank Bold)  
  • Jill McArdle (Friends of the Earth Europe) 
  • Surya Deva (Macquarie University) 
  • Ivano Alogna (BIICL) 
  • Janneke Bazelmans (Milieudefensie) 

11:50 – 12:30 Environmental Crime

  • Chair: Jill McArdle (Friends of the Earth Europe)
  • Théa Bounfour (Sherpa)  
  • MEP Marie Toussaint (Greens)  
  • Francesca Carlsson (European Environmental Bureau) 

Location: Online via Zoom: (register below) 

Date: 17 May 2022 

Time: Event starts at 9:30 CET and ends at 12:30 CET 


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