The EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive: Key Questions Answered

11 December 2023

Eurosif, in cooperation with IIGCC and PRI, have published a Q&A document on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD).

The EU’s proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive has been the subject of significant debate, particularly during the last few months of trilogue negotiations. As we move towards the final trilogue discussion of the year, a number of key issues remain unresolved, including whether to include the financial sector in scope and requirements to adopt transition plans compatible with the Paris Agreement.

These issues have become key points of discussion in the negotiations. Some have argued that the CSDDD will reduce European companies’ competitiveness, impose unworkable burdens on the financial sector, and duplicate existing EU obligations. But this does not have to be the case. Appropriately designed, the CSDDD can help to plug the gaps in the EU’s regulatory framework by complementing transparency laws with requirements to take action to support the transition of the real economy. It can also address the piecemeal approach to due diligence within existing legislation and create a level playing field in the EU, setting a high standard globally.

This paper seeks to provide clarity on some of these key discussion topics, and highlight potential ways forward that can help to ensure the CSDDD is ambitious and workable in practice.

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