EU Parliament adopts major new legislation on corporate sustainability reporting  

The EU Parliament has strongly approved the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). This new directive will update the EU’s current reporting framework for businesses on issues including modern slavery and exploitation in supply chains – a reporting framework which has until now been perceived as “largely insufficient and unreliable” according to an EU Parliament press release.  

The Directive passed with an overwhelming majority: 525 votes to 60, with 28 abstentions. 


As a result of CSRD, the number of corporations required to provide sustainability reporting will increase significantly from the current figure of 11,700 to 50,000. This will apply to all large businesses, those with at least 250 employees, as well as listed small-to-medium sized enterprises (SME). Non-EU corporations with a turnover of €150 million or more from EU markets will also need to comply. 


Marc Stanton, Slave-Free Alliance Director says:


‘’Slave-Free Alliance welcomes the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. This Directive progresses the anti-slavery and labour exploitation agenda by compelling business to give quality and reliable reports, ensuring environmental and social sustainability efforts go hand-in-hand. This is a crucial step in supporting the reduction of adverse business impacts.

We look forward to the European Council  adopting the legislation at the end of the month and to supporting organisations of all shapes and sizes to provide industry-leading reports.’’


The new CSRD reports will require more detail than present standards in outlining a company’s impact on human rights, the environment, social standards, and sustainability risk projections. This will include disclosures on a company’s measures in preventing labour exploitation in their supply chains. In ensuring that companies are providing reliable information, companies will also be required to undergo independent auditing and certification.  


The European Council, representing the Member State government, looks set to adopt the new legislation on 28th November, after which it will be signed and published in the EU Official Journal. The directive will then be formally enforced 20 days following publication, with rules coming into force from 2024 for the largest companies, with a staggered grace period until 2028 for progressively smaller businesses. 


Slave-Free Alliance is already supporting businesses in their sustainability reporting. We can help yours too. We also offer briefings on other new and upcoming supply chain legislation across a range of countries, including Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, the USA and more.  


Start protecting your business’ people, operations, and supply chains from labour exploitation today. 


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