The European Commission’s proposal for a directive on corporate sustainability due diligence: two paradoxes

Author: Claire Methven O'Brien
Published: 19.05.2022
On 23 February 2022, the European Commission (EC) published a proposal for a directive on corporate sustainability due diligence (proposal). The proposal has already attracted much scholarly and stakeholder commentary. In this blog we focus on two significant issues not yet addressed. First, the proposal does not  refer to European regional human rights instruments such as the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter or the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Second, it purports to establish more demanding human rights due diligence obligations for corporations than for EU Member States themselves. These features, we suggest, weaken the proposal…