Briefing on the Environment Bill – amendment NC5 on due diligence legislation

We urge the Bill committee to accept the vital Environment Bill amendment NC5, tabled by Kerry McCarthy MP: “Environmental and human rights due diligence: duty to publish draft legislation.”

NC5 would require the government to publish draft legislation that would then undergo pre-legislative scrutiny, allowing parliamentarians to study the recommended improvements and offering stakeholders from civil society and business the chance to feed in their views.

We explain what due diligence legislation is, outline why the UK government should act now, explain the broad support such legislation has – including from business – and set out our thoughts on what a new due diligence law should include.

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