Event: Corporate sustainability due diligence – Making it work
February 14th, 2023
by European Parliament Working Group on Responsible Business Conduct, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and ECCJ
Tuesday, 28 February 2023 | 12:00 – 14:00 CET
About this event

This event will gather multiple stakeholders to address the following pressing questions from different perspectives: what makes effective human rights and environmental due diligence? What is needed to provide real change for workers in EU value chains? 

The discussion will pave the way to a debate on how this historic opportunity could serve to effectively ensure justice for victims, departing from the actual experiences of workers, as well as business representatives. 

The first-hand testimonies will be canvassed to clearly illustrate some key required elements for the European Union’s planned Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive. 


This programme includes confirmed speakers. More speakers will be added this week.

12:00 – 12:05 Welcome from MEP Heidi Hautala 

12:05 – 12:35 Panel 1 – The Duty

Facilitator: MEP Heidi Hautala, Greens

  • Joseph Wilde-Ramsing (SOMO Centre for Research into Multinationals & OECD-Watch) 
  • Sar Mora (Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions) 
  • Lisa Nathan (UNI Global Union) 
  • Charlotte Scheltus (The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands)

12:35 – 13:10 Panel 2 – The Chain

Facilitator: MEP Barry Andrews, Renew

  • Natalie Swan (Business Human Rights Resource Centre) 
  • Dheeraj (Praxis, India) 
  • Maria Pia Bianchetti (UNICEF) 
  • Gabrielle Holly (Danish Institute for Human Rights)

13:10 – 13:25 Lunch  

13:25 – 13:55 Panel 3 – Access to Justice 

Facilitator: Lene Wendland, OHCHR

  • Anosha Wahidi (Head of Unit, Sustainable Transformation of Global Supply Chains, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) 
  • Professor Robert McCorquodale (UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights) 
  • Ana Leyva (CooperAcción, Perù)
  • Théa Bounfour (Sherpa)  

13:55 – 14:00 Thanks and final comments from MEP Heidi Hautala 


Location: Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, Brussels, Belgium.

Watch the event live here.

Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2023 

Time: 12.00 – 14.00pm 

*Lunch provided