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European Commission study on due diligence in supply chains

This study for the European Commission focuses on due diligence requirements to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for abuses of human rights, including the rights of the child and fundamental freedoms, serious bodily injury or health risks, environmental damage, including with respect to climate.

The study was conducted by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (lead), Civic Consulting  and LSE Consulting.

Through desk research, country analyses, interviews and surveys the study identifies Market Practices (Task 1) and perceptions regarding regulatory options. The Regulatory Review (Task 2), including twelve Country Reports, shows that UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights' standard of due diligence is increasingly being introduced into legal standards or proposed in Member States. The Problem Analysis, policy background and intervention logic concludes with the definition of four options for regulatory proposals (Task 3). The assessment of impacts of regulatory options (Task 4) considers economic impacts, impacts on public authorities, social, human rights and environmental impacts. 

This study was published on 24 February 2020.

Read the study here:
Main Report 

Part I: Synthesis Report 
Part II: Survey Results Statistics 
Part III: Country Reports 
Part IV: Annexures 

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