Workers at garment factory in Southeast Asia

The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive proposal adopted by the European Commission on February 23rd lays down rules for companies to respect human rights and the environment in global value chains. Swedwatch, along with many other civil society organisations, welcome this long-awaited proposal and strongly believe that it is high time for companies to respect human rights and the environment, and be held accountable for their actions and impacts. However, despite its ground-breaking potential, the Commission’s proposal is gender-blind and risks leaving women and girls behind.

To call on policy makers to amend the text, 82 civil society organizations from across Europe, including Swedwatch, sent an open letter to European Commissioners, Members of Parliament and Permanent Representations involved in the legislation, urging them to make sure the gender-responsiveness gap is addressed.



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