Tighter standards of conduct for supply chains

Sarah Murray, Financial Times


In February, France introduced legislation requiring French companies of a certain size not only to report on efforts to remove environmental, human rights and other violations from their global supply chains, but also to implement plans to prevent such abuses.

Under the Devoir de Vigilance — or duty of care — law, victims of a company that breaches this obligation can seek damages for negligence.

While existing laws in jurisdictions such as California or the UK require public reporting on corporate efforts to remove slavery or human trafficking from supply chains, French law tightens the rules as it sets a standard of conduct for which lack of implementation can be considered to be a breach of legal obligations.

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