August 8, 2023

After the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive is before the UN Treaty

Karolin Seitz

An EU mandate for negotiations on an international agreement on business and human rights

In this new briefing of the series about the UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights from the Global Policy Forum and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Karolin Seitz explains the role of the European Union in the negotiations process and how it could bring the possibility of the Treaty closer.

The European Union (EU) is on the verge of introducing an EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). An agreement among the EU institutions involved is to be reached by the end of 2023. This also brings the EU’s active participation in negotiations at the United Nations (UN) level on an international legally binding instrument on business and human rights, also known as a “UN treaty,” ever closer. After all, it is in the EU’s interest that high standards apply not only to EU-based companies and that a level playing field is created worldwide. What role has the EU played in the UN treaty process so far? What is the process leading to an EU negotiating mandate, and what could such a mandate look like?

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