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Joint Letter: Ensuring a gender-responsive Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

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Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

Vera Jourová, European Commission Vice-President

Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner

Helena Dalli, EU Commissioner

Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner

Members of the EU Parliament

Council of the European Union Representatives

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, Amnesty International and several civil society organisations want to remind the EU institutions that corporate accountability is a women’s rights issue, and EU legislation, including the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), needs to reflect this.

The CSDDD presents a key opportunity to advance women’s rights and gender equality in companies’ international value chains, and for the EU to act on its commitment to gender equality declared in the EU Gender Equality Strategy, the Gender Action Plan III and the LGBTIQ Strategy.

With key votes in the European Parliament and the trilogue negotiations approaching, it is crucial for all three EU institutions to seize this opportunity and ensure that the directive is effective and gender-responsive.

The 146 undersigned organisations from around the world are calling on the EU to address these alarming shortcomings, fight gender inequality and intersectional discrimination in global value chains, and make a positive difference in many lives around the world.