EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence passes council vote

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(15 March 2024) Despite last minute push back from a number of EU Member States, the EU Council today finally voted in favour of the new EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDDD). The agreed rules will apply to companies with at least 1,000 employees and annual sales of €450 million. 

The CSDDD will ensure greater respect for the human rights of millions of workers in the supply chains of businesses operating in the EU. It is the result of many years of trade union pressure and difficult negotiations. Although the text agreed today waters down a number of previous provisions, there are also a number of wins for the unions. Trade unions and workers' representatives will be involved in the development and implementation of the due diligence policies, plans and strategies of companies and their subsidiaries and throughout the supply chain. 

The trilogue negotiations on the CSDDD concluded in December, with a text that would apply to companies with at least 500 employees and a turnover of €150 million. However, the agreement was never formally approved by the Council, as some Member State, notably Germany followed by France and Italy, objected. The Belgian Presidency therefore introduced a number of changes to get enough support. Germany abstained from the vote.

The vote in the EP JURI Committee which is/was the lead committee on this CSDDD is scheduled already for next Tuesday 19 March 2024. EPSU and the ETUFs will continue lobbying to ensure that the largest possible majority of MEPs vote in favour of the Directive.

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