Over 100 groups launch ‘Justice is Everybody’s Business’ campaign
Brussels, 6 September 2022  – No more exploitation, no more environmental destruction, no more bad business practices by European companies. These are the demands of the ‘Justice is Everybody’s Business‘ campaign, launched today by over 100 civil society and trade union organisations. We demand a strong due diligence law that effectively prevents and holds business accountable for environmental and human rights violations.
Photos by Philip Reynaers / Photonews / Justice is Everybody’s Business

Even though countries like France and Germany are leading the way with national human rights due diligence laws, they do not sufficiently protect both people and planet from the impact of European business operations.

In February this year, the European Commission unveiled its proposal for an EU law requiring large companies to conduct checks on their investments and supply chains to identify, prevent and address human rights and environmental risks and impacts within and outside the EU. However, the proposal contains dangerous loopholes that fail to guarantee justice.

Photo by Philip Reynaers / Photonews / Justice is Everybody’s Business

It also fails to sufficiently empower those suffering from bad business practices to get justice in courts within the EU. Instead of striking down serious legal hurdles for those trying to file lawsuits against companies, the current proposal still makes it easy for corporations to evade responsibility.

The draft law also fails to oblige companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to hold them liable for failing to do so, despite their massive impact on the climate crisis.

The campaign was kicked off today with a public action in Brussels where a tall ‘scales of justice’ showed the current imbalance between corporate profits on one side and human rights, environmental and climate justice on the other side – and that public pressure can tip the scales toward change.

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Your voice is crucial in holding business accountable. Help us stand up for EU laws that protect human rights, the environment and the climate from corporate exploitation by signing up to our movement statement below.


To the European Commission, Parliament and the Council


We demand a due diligence law that:

  1. Makes companies respect human rights, the environment and the climate.
  2. Puts strict, no-nonsense obligations on companies to prevent and end harm.
  3. Holds parent companies responsible in court for harm that happens anywhere in their supply chain. No loopholes!
  4. Guarantees collective bargaining by trade unions and gives workers’ representatives a real say in due diligence, every step of the way.
  5. Tackles the climate crisis by making companies slash emissions throughout their value chains.
  6. Protects the planet by holding companies accountable for all possible harms to the environment.
  7. Applies due diligence requirements to all business relationships along their value chains.
  8. Empowers people harmed by bad business practices, trade unions, and civil society to get justice in EU courts.
  9. Consults everyone who is, or may be affected by business activities, and obtains consent when needed.
  10. Gives enforcement agencies the power to thoroughly investigate and sanction companies.
Learn more

Find out how we are supporting communities and workers by holding business accountable on our campaign website.