Council adopts the EU supply chain law: a strong foundation for the future of human rights due diligence

Fair Wear is excited to learn that the Belgian presidency has successfully renegotiated the compromise for the CSDDD in the Council. It can now go through to the next phase, for the European Parliament to vote on this ground-breaking legislation in April. 

In the last decade, we have seen human rights due diligence gain momentum. Its general acceptance and wide application have shown it to be a unique instrument for achieving positive impacts for people and planet, while yielding a good return on investment for businesses. 

Due diligence legislation is a logical next step in the process of advancing human and environmental rights in supply chains, as it ensures coherence and uniformity in implementation. Moreover, it provides clarity and certainty for all stakeholders involved while creating a level playing field for frontrunner companies. In doing so, the Directive provides a strong foundation and a clear framework for a smart mix of voluntary and mandatory EU instruments. This aims to address the negative impacts of doing business on a global scale on human rights and the environment. Mandatory rules will accelerate the responsible business conduct since more companies will be required to conduct due diligence, collaborate to increase leverage, and participate in meaningful stakeholder engagement. 

Voluntary initiatives, such as multistakeholder initiatives, feature prominently in the Directive. As a leading MSI in the garment and textile sector, we are committed to preparing for the enhanced role and ensuring we are well-suited for the purpose.