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27 June 2019
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001880/2019

The European Union publicly expressed its deepest consternation and condolences at the occasion of the collapse of a dam in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais in January 2019, which has caused devastating human and environmental loss. The European Union offered to Brazilian authorities technical and humanitarian assistance.

The EU can already show a good track record in addressing human rights abuses, through sectorial binding rules on human rights due diligence or measures to ensure access to remedy for victims (victims' rights directive(1), Regulations Brussels I and Rome II). The EU works with partners worldwide to ensure the full implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights. A recently published staff working document outlines the many actions done in this area(2).

In addition, as announced in its March 2018 Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth(3), the Commission is currently assessing the possible need to require corporate boards to develop and disclose a sustainability strategy, including appropriate due diligence throughout the supply chain, and measurable sustainability targets.

At the end of 2018, a study was launched on the requirements for European companies to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for abuses of human rights and fundamental freedoms, serious bodily injury, environmental damage (including to climate) or health risks in their supply chains.

(2)SWD(2019) 143 — Corporate Social Responsibility, Responsible Business Conduct, and Business and Human Rights: Overview of Progress 

Last updated: 27 June 2019Legal notice