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Is the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive too much, too soon?

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🗞️ Driving the news: The EU Council has approved the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), which mandates companies to conduct risk-based human rights and environmental due diligence
• This directive aims to induce behavioral changes in how businesses manage human rights and environmental impacts in their operations and value chains

🔭 The context: The CSDDD is seen as a pivotal shift in Europe's approach to human rights regulation
• It emphasizes the need for businesses to prevent, mitigate, and remedy any adverse impacts arising within their operations and through their suppliers, with periodic reviews to assess the effectiveness of these measures

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The directive sets a precedent for stringent environmental governance, potentially influencing global standards
• Despite the reduced scope after concessions, it remains ahead of other international efforts, underscoring the EU's leading role in sustainable regulation

⏭️ What's next: With the EU's final vote on the CSDDD set for April 24, the implementation and its robustness remain uncertain
• Future regulations will need to be streamlined and adjusted based on practical insights from the CSDDD's rollout, especially with the EU elections on the horizon in June

💬 One quote: "The EU must seize the opportunity to create well-defined, commercially relevant and considered guidance on the multiple different elements of this regime," says Ruth Knox, Global Co-Chair of the ESG & Sustainable Finance practice at Paul Hastings

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