The French Law on Duty of Care: A Historic Step Towards Making Globalization Work for AllMonday, August 14th, 2017
The European Coalition for Corporate Justice and Sherpa have published a paper in the Business and Human Rights Journal on the French duty of vigilance law.
The paper describes a four-year battle, fought by civil society organisations, trade unions and Parliamentarians, to advance a law that assigned a duty of care among parent and subcontracting companies to prevent human rights abuses in their operations.
The piece situates the French law within other regulatory attempts to require due diligence in a number of European countries. It also reviews the nature and scope of the law’s requirements and its compliance mechanisms.