Political momentum is growing in Europe for a stronger mechanism to apply the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (BHR). In December 2019, the outgoing Finnish Presidency of the EU Council published an Agenda for Action on BHR addressed to the new EU Parliament and Commission. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency is also active on this topic and has published a focus paper on business-related human rights abuses in the EU and available remedies. To help in the formulation of future EU policy, the European Commission is awaiting the results of studies on due diligence requirements in the supply chain and on directors’ duties & sustainable corporate governance.

Meanwhile the European Justice Stakeholders Forum (EJSF), managed by Passerelle, is considering BHR as the focus theme for its annual plenary in November this year.

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