European Parliament Adopts Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive Amendments

June 6, 2023

On June 1, 2023, the European Parliament adopted amendments to the corporate sustainability due diligence regulation and amending directive. Under the amendments, large companies operating in the EU would be required to conduct due diligence to identify, prevent, mitigate or end negative impacts on human rights and the environment, including in particular pollution, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, as well as labor exploitation, slavery and child labor. Covered entities would be required to produce climate transition plans to align their business models and corporate strategies with the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The amendments were adopted with 366 votes in favor, 225 against, and 38 abstentions.

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