- Thursday, 19. October 2023 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Save in my calendar
New regulation, new opportunities:
With due diligence laws towards more corporate environmental responsibility?
For some time, corporate due diligence was known primarily as an instrument to respect human rights. This has changed in recent years: Corporate due diligence laws are increasingly discussed in the context of environmental and climate protection.
The German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) has been in force since 1 January 2023. Among other aspects, it obliges companies to take certain environmental measures. The currently negotiated EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) could further expand the environmental and climate obligations of companies and increase the possibilities to hold them accountable. In France, on the other hand, a due diligence law has been in force since 2017 and is already being used as a basis for ongoing environmental litigation against companies.
What concrete new possibilities and legal actions do these laws offer to demand more environmental protection from companies? And what chances for success do such lawsuits have in practice?
Drawing on concrete examples of environmental litigation, these questions will be discussed by:
- Théa Bonfour, lawyer at the French non-governmental organisation Sherpa
- David Krebs, law firm Geulen & Klinger (tbc)
In English and German with simultaneous interpretation
Annette Kraus, International Environmental Policy Division
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