Conference "Smart regulation: Legislative opportunities for the EU to improve corporate accountability"

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Thursday 29 May 2008, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

After comprehensive legal research and by advancing some of the European Parliaments’ recommendations of its resolution on CSR, ECCJ and the Party of European Socialists together with MEPs, lawyers, and representatives of the civil society, presented a range of proposals that aim at strengthening EU legislation to provide greater accountability for EU companies when acting abroad at a conference at the European Parliament in Brussels.

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Noreena Hertz, Chip Pitts and Stephen Hughes
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Highlights of the conference were participation of Noreena Hertz (Author of the book "The Silent Takeover", Economist and Distinguished Fellow at the University of Cambridge), Olivier de Schutter (UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food), Minna Gillberg (Advisor to Commissioner Margot Wallström and Research Fellow on sociology of law at Lund University), Elisabeth Dahlin (Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte (Director, European & Regulatory Affairs Whirpool) and Matt Christensen (Executive Director, European Social Investment Forum) among many others.

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Elisabeth Dahlin, Minna Gillberg and Stephen Hughes
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The European Parliament was represented by Diana Wallis (UK, Vicepresident of the European Parliament for the ALDE group), Richard Howitt (UK, Rapporteur on CSR of the European Parliament), Raül Romeva (Spain, Member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights) and Steven Hughes (UK, Employment Committee). The conference was moderated by Chip Pitts (Lecturer in law at Stanford University and former Chair of Amnesty International USA).

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Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte and Richard Howitt
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Proposals presented include:

- Extending parent company liability
- Establishing duty of care onto parent companies
- Mandatory social and environmental reporting

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The conference was very well attended with over 150 people including NGOs and other civil society representatives from all over the world, lawyers, consultans, private sector representatives, member states representatives and EU officials. See all the documents of the conference available for dowloading below.

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