EU law. Global impact. labour exploitation and forced labour.

A new briefing and report from Anti-Slavery International, Cividep India and RepĆ³rter Brasil considers the potential impact of human rights due diligence laws in the EU on labour exploitation and forced labour.

The European Commission will soon publish a proposal for an EU business and human rights law that would require companies operating in the EU to prevent and address human rights abuses and environmental damage in their global supply chains. This commitment to mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence could help tackle forced labour and child labour in supply chains around the world.

Research partners, The Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham (UK), The Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), The Institute for Climate and Society (Brazil) and Partners in Change (India) explored the potential impact of the proposed EU business human rights law through two case studies: the leather industry in India, and the coffee industry in Brazil.

The research included a legal and evidence review, interviews, and focus-group discussions in India and Brazil undertaken between March and May 2021. You can read the full report online here.

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