Towards inclusive European CSR legislation: Analysing the impacts of the EU corporate sustainability directive on LDC trade

Project: Externally funded project

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In 2022, the European Commission adopted the proposal for corporate sustainability due diligence directive to advance the green transition and protect human rights in the EU and beyond. The new proposed new directive would compels EU companies of substantial size and economic power, as well as companies in identified high-impact sectors that operate in the EU to identify, prevent or and mitigate the adverse impacts of their activities on human rights and the environment. This study draws from the literature on corporate social responsibility in global value chains, non-tariff measures, and inclusive trade, as well as insights from the Ethiopian garments industry and the Tanzanian coffee sector to analyse the potential impacts of this directive on least developed countries’ value chains and trade with the EU. Although the directive only directly applies to larger companies operating in the EU, this study highlights the far-reaching impacts the directive might have on small-scale suppliers, small-holder farmers, workers, and communities in the least developed countries. The study offers recommendations to address the shortcomings of the directive as well as the accompanying measures to European governments to minimize the unintended impacts of the directive and promote inclusive trade between the EU and least developed countries.
Short titleTowards inclusive European CSR legislation
Effective start/end date01.09.202230.04.2023

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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